Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a Barbie that looked like her daughter, but none of the eurocentric, sexualized dolls seemed an adequate match. Inspired, she created her own black dolls that provide a different cultural perspective. She created dolls in hijab, dolls with dreadlocks, and dolls with gorgeous, natural looking afros.
Why is it so important for black girls to have access to black dolls? In Robinsons own words, “What is reflected to you as a child is ultimately what you’re going to grow up to think like, or ultimately what you’re going to become. We have to allow them to create positive images of themselves when they’re young.”