PARENTS

Mum Creates 'First Ever Doll With Natural Hair' To Boost Her Daughter's Self Esteem

22/05/2015 17:19 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 17:59 BST

When a mum realised her daughter's dolls were having a negative effect on her self-esteem, she decided to create a new doll that would reflect her daughter's beauty.

"My daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day,” Angelica Sweeting told Buzzfeed.

“Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone.”

So Sweeting came up with a design and raised funds for her new Naturally Perfect Dolls company through Kickstarter.

"With the help of my daughters, we created 'The Angelica Doll' — the first natural hair 18-inch doll for young girls," she writes on her Kickstarter page.

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"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," Sweeting added.

"The Angelica Doll has the face of a beautiful brown girl including a full nose, fuller lips, beautiful check bones, and brown eyes."

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The mother believes the doll has the potential to change young girls' ideas of beauty.

"It's time for young girls to have a new standard," she added.

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Sweeting and her children tested the hair for eight months: "We twisted, bantu knotted, combed, brushed, blew out, curl wanded and re-washed the hair.

"We 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."

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The doll was funded through Kickstarter and received more than $26,000, with 388 people backing the product.

So I think we're all agreed? Bye, bye Barbie.

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