(Disclaimer - This post is not intended to offend anyone or any race - it is merely pointing out that there is a serious lack of curl affirmation in our society!)
What is wrong with this picture?
Q, hubby and I were at the store the other night and Q wanted to look at the toy section. (Wal-mart) So we all browsed for a bit. I saw some really neat horses and these dolls (pictured above) that went with them! Now as you know if you read the post yesterday on Toddler Hair for a Horse Show - Q loves horses! So my mommy-brain starts thinking "Christmas presents!"
I must have spent the next 15-20 minutes looking ALL OVER that aisle of the store for a doll with hair like Q's! :( First I scrutinized the selection of dolls that went with the horses I liked so much and here's what I found....
Notice that they are lucky and do have ONE, I repeat ONE curly haired doll. If not, I think I'd be writing a letter.... hmm, maybe I still should!
As it is, there are no Caucasion curly haired dolls. :( Isn't that just sad? Let's look at the blonde's again, just to make sure.
I got excited for a second because I thought the one in red on our right might have some slight waves... but no, even my husband said it looked like it was just the way the hair was pinned to the box - that when we'd take the doll out, her hair would fall straight.
Sigh. So then I gave up on these dolls and went looking for ANY Caucasian curly haired doll. ...Nothing. Not a single doll had curly hair. ONE other doll (a version of Disney's Belle from Beauty and the Beast) had wavy hair. But that was it!
Since I had already spent so much time searching that part of the toy section to no avail I had no desire to try for more, at least in depth. I did notice another aisle of dolls - none had hair at all, they were the kind with plastic, drawn-on hair! (pretending to be infants) and the last aisle we walked through (Barbie) didn't have anything that jumped out at me either. Some had waves, but none had CURLS.
I know that society is getting better about accepting curls, and I do hope that our newest generation can grow up loving themselves and their hair just the way it is, no flat irons or curling irons needed -- but it sure wouldn't hurt if more people and companies helped!
When I was growing up I thought that curly hair was rare, but now that I'm paying more attention there are curly kids everywhere! From black hair to blonde to brunette to red! Where are all these curly kids as teens and adults? :( I know! ....... they never had curly haired dolls to play with when they were little so they bought flat irons when they got older. (ok, that was a joke - but there's some truth to it!!)
Let's stop that trend right here, right now! LOVE your curls! KEEP your curls! (and if anyone out there is a doll maker, I'd like to pre-order some caucasion curly dolls - just send me the invoice!) Tweet