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December 16, 2011  | by: Kristine Hoang

 

The New Black Barbie

About 40 African-American Barbie dolls are being transformed into realistic interpretations of African-American women – meaning, they are finally being made with textured hair.

Barbie has been around since 1959 and comes in 50 various nationalities, but rarely has a black Barbie been made with textured hair. Thus recently, as reported by the Ledger-Enquirer, members of an African-American natural hair group in Columbus, GA., have decided to give Barbie a “natural hair makeover.”

The New Barbies

The ladies from the group followed an online hair tutorial for turning sleek straight hair into beautiful and textured curls. They used the straight hair of donated black Barbies, and a few pipe cleaners and boiling water to do the work.

These dolls, which celebrate the genuine black heritage, will be given as Christmas gifts to girls living at the Booker T. Washington public housing complex in Columbus. Jennifer Henderson, a member of the group, said, “We wanted to show the girls that basically, it’s okay the way God made you.”

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