Dolls with multiple shades of beautiful brown skin and different textures of gorgeous kinky curly hair? Yes please. As a doll collector, model Mala Bryan created Malaville Dolls to fill the void that was missing in her personal doll collection- dolls that actually look like her, and a lot of the rest of us brown skinned beauties. When creating the dolls, Mala made sure to choose fibers that included both kinky and looser curls to depict the diversity of our natural hair.
The Malaville debut collection features four dolls, The Malanites who are citizens of Malaville. Each doll is a different shade of brown and has a different texture of kinky curly hair, and each also has a glamorous job and uber fashionable outfit.
Mala, The Fashion Designer
Maisha, The Fashion Stylist
Mhina, The Party Planner
Malina, The Fashion Model
photos credit: Malaville Toys Instagram @malavilledolls
It’s no secret that the selection of dolls on the market from the major brands that is supposed to represent the beauty of us brown girls, from skin tone to hair texture, falls short. Aside from the occasional limited edition doll or celebrity honor, I don’t see many (if you know of any feel free to leave them in the comments.) Our little brown girls need to have dolls that look like them, to let them know that their black is beautiful and help them to embrace their skin tone, natural hair and beauty. I am happy to see a collection of dolls that address this need and can’t wait to see more from Malaville. I’ll be picking up a doll for my niece and god-daughter, and maybe even one for myself.
Learn more about the Malaville Dolls and shop the collection at Malaville Toys $20