Natural Girls United dolls are popping up all over the web. These dolls have textured hairstyles and darker hues to mirror our hair and texture. Black Hair Media had the opportunity to catch up with the Natural Girls United designer, Karen Boyd.
Tell us more about yourself and Natural Girls United.
I am an artist and business women from California. Growing up, I never really had a doll that looked like me or had hair like mine. It was something that made me question my own beauty. As an adult, I found it unbelievable that till this day, stores still do not make an effort to carry a large selection of ethnic dolls. It is my goal to make dolls available to children and adults, so that they can finally have a doll that they have either always wanted, looks like them or has hair like theirs or someone they know in their own community.
Tell us about how you began making dolls for Natural Girls United.
I started about a year and half ago, customizing dolls. I am a natural hair blogger, and I am always surrounded by gorgeous images of ethic hair. So I had plenty of inspiration. I also took a lot of inspiration for creating hair styles for the dolls from people in my own community and family. So I really just tried new out different styling techniques and went from there.
Why do you think it is important for young girls to have dolls like the ones you design?
My goal is to have dolls that young girls and women can relate to. I want the dolls hair to look like their own hair. I want them to look at their doll and feel like the doll is a beautiful reflection of their own beauty.
How can consumers purchase your dolls? I noticed that you offer custom orders. How does the custom order process work?
Customers can purchase the dolls that are available for sale or they can request a custom ordered doll. For the custom order, they would fill out a form telling me what they want their dolls hair to look like, and a general description of what kind of doll they want.
Do you have any exciting projects or events in the works?
I am looking forward to attending some of the natural hair events that will be happening in 2013. I look forward to getting out there and showing people my dolls and telling them more about my business, which I am very excited about.
What’s next for Natural Girls United?
My goal is to get my dolls into stores, so that people that may not spend a lot of time online can have a chance to see the dolls.
Where can people find you?