When I was a little girl all I ever wanted was a Barbie. A real Barbie, not a knock-off version of her (which is all I ever had). At the time it never occurred to me that I might ever get a Barbie or a doll that looked like me. Dolls had blonde hair and blue eyes, that was how it was in the 80’s. Now that I’m a mom and raising a little girl, I’m always on the lookout for gender neutral toys, and dolls/characters that represent various ethnic backgrounds. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Diversity Girls dolls.
This set of six dolls features different ethnic looks, but they don’t actually tell you which doll is from which country our background. That is actually my favourite part about Diversity Girls – no assumptions. When Zara and I first opened them up to play, we took a few minutes trying to figure out which doll was most like us. The one I thought was Indian she thought might be Brazillian. There was also a really great discussion about how one of the dolls looked like she might be half African, half European. I love that there was room for us to explore and discuss. And, in the true spirit of inclusion, there is also a blonde haired, blue-eyed doll because those girls do exist too!
My personal hero Sheryl Sandberg speaks beautifully to representation and how it matters when she say – “You can’t be what you can’t see”. It’s important for our kids to see themselves represented in dolls so they can imagine themselves as a doctor, teacher, or whatever else they want to!
It’s also important to recognize that there is a growing number of immigrants moving to Canada every year, and Diversity Girls remind our kids that not everyone looks exactly the same. Toys that recognize diversity also normalize it for our kids.
Diversity Girls are available at London Drugs stores and through there website for only $29.99 (Although at the time of publishing they are on sale for $19.99). If you still have a little one on your list that you need to get a gift for, you should check them out. We are also giving away a set of Diversity Dolls on our Facebook and Instagram page, head over now to see how you could win one!