The natural hair doll surfaced on the crowdfunding platform earlier this month with a mission to capture only $25,000. Now, with less than 20 days to go, the project has secured the initial goal and has raised over $60,000 from 1,000 backers.
Sharing details about the new doll, creator Angelica Sweeting shared:
“Like most young girls with kinky/curly hair, my daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day. Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone. With the help of my daughters, we created ‘The Angelica Doll’ – the first natural hair 18-inch doll for young girls.
“As I began to develop The Angelica Doll and give serious thought to the things I wanted to do for young girls, I realized that I had been influenced by society’s standard of beauty for as long as I could remember. Here I am – 27 years old, and I am honestly just beginning to walk into who I am, my natural beauty. I want this to happen earlier, not only for my daughters but for your daughter, your niece, your sister, and for all young girls around the world. I want this to happen for all the young girls who never felt pretty enough because of their kinks, curls, wider noses or fuller lips.
“I’m creating Angelica to let girls know that they are beautiful. Our girls need to see a reflection of their own unique beauty. It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard.”
Features of the doll include:
- Style and wash the doll’s kinky/curly hair just as natural hair: Angelica and her daughters tested the hair for eight months. They twisted, bantu knotted, combed, brushed, blew out, curl wanded and re-washed the hair. They did this over and over to ensure this doll would be able to withstand a young girls curiosity about taking care of and having fun with kinky/curly hair. No more tangled doll hair!
- Facial features true to women of color: The Angelica Doll has the face of a beautiful brown girl including a full nose, fuller lips, beautiful check bones, and brown eyes.
- Exposure to new paths and careers: The Angelica Doll and future dolls will have new and interesting careers that will expose young girls to what is happening in the world now and the many possibilities they have in the future. The Angelica Doll is a courageous, bold entrepreneur full of self belief, natural beauty, and perseverance. For future dolls we will introduce careers such as engineering, journalism, software development, public relations, etc.
The target age range for The Angelica dolls is between 4 and 13. Those that purchase through the campaign will receive 1 outfit; 1 styling tool and product; and a digital download of a song created just for the doll.
The Angelica Doll’s campaign is set to close on 18th.
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