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Barbie Can Go Suck It, There’s a New Doll in Town

Organisation “Natural Girls United!” completely blasts Barbie industries out of the water with their realistic African-American styled selection of dolls.



The ethnically appropriate and incredibly beautiful dolls and their designs – from the natural Afro hairstyles to their clothing choices and facial appearance – acts as a catalyst in contemporary toy manufacturing, challenging the non-authentic, Western-appropriate aesthetics of Barbie’s close (black)friend, Christie.


Karen Byrd, founder and designed for the “Natural Girls United” organisation, stated that

I have wanted to take-on the project of customizing dolls hair, to have the look and feel of styles, and textures of ethnic women and girls, for a long time. As a young girl, I remember loving to play with my dolls… mainly with my Barbie’s.  I thought the dolls where beautiful, but always noticed that my African American dolls did not look like me. Their features did not look like mine, and their hair certainly did not look or feel like my hair!  This did affect my view of what beauty was.

Byrd’s desire to challenge Westernized assumptions of beauty through diversification and ethnic inclusion in the manufacturing and designing process is significant and, slowly but surely, encourage more and more young women to embrace and recognize their beauty.

Byrd’s stunning designs can be custom ordered as gifts or personal reminder’s of your own beauty on her website, linked below.


race, racism


It’s not the first time a primetime sitcom has been called out for racist content, and it’s definitely not the first time How I Met Your Mother has been put under the spotlight for indecent and offensive content.

This weeks episode featured three of the shows protagonists – as seen in the images below, Lily, Ted and Robin –  join in one of Marshall’s ongoing storylines in yellowface.

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The storyline, quite frankly, is so ridiculously offensive and unwarranted that it’s repetition seems unnecessary. What is obvious is that the episode required a certain Asian stereotype to be fulfilled, and that was clearly done without any thought given to the offending nature behind the content.

The backlash since the episode’s preview has been phenomenal, with social media website Twitter once again being employed as a social activist medium with the tag #HowIMetYourRacism trending. Many have called for a boycott of the show, until a formal apology is issued, including activist Suey Park:

I used to watch @HowIMetMother but I now refuse to and hope they apologize for yellowface. #HowIMetYourRacism


I certainly will not be watching the final series before an apology is issued to the Asian community and I can only hope that others will, too, will be pushing CBS for an official apology.