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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2016
Love those locks: Chicago nurse launches new line of dolls for diverse, curly-haired girls
Founder, Brown Eyed Dolls
CHICAGO — A Chicago nurse has launched a new line of racially diverse, curly-haired dolls to help boost the self-esteem of girls who don’t identify with Barbie and American Girl dolls.
The Curly Girls United Dolls are the second line of dolls by Margaret Fitzpatrick, a nurse anesthetist who has previously appeared on the Today show, CNN, and ABC7 News for a book she co-authored about patient advocacy in 2004.
“I grew up with girls and women who had beautiful hair textures and gorgeous skin tones, but our dolls all looked the same—generic in a way that didn’t reflect the beauty in our communities,” says Fitzpatrick, who was raised the youngest of 16 kids in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood during the 1970s. A few years ago, after a failed attempt to find a natural-hair doll of color for a Christmas gift, she decided to create her own.
“At a time when we are becoming more diverse as a society, it was surprising to me that this lack of diversity in children’s toys was still such a problem,” she says.
Though toymakers today are producing more dolls with minority skin tones and hair types than they did decades ago, many stores don’t stock them, and the models available online are often targeted for collectors, rather than for girls to play with. When American Girl discontinued two of its nonwhite dolls in 2014, the company faced a flood of complaints from customers who called for more diversity in toy stores, not less.
According to research by Unilever, the maker of Dove soaps and shampoos, about 60 percent of girls who have curly hair don’t think it’s beautiful. The Curly Girls United dolls come with a range of hair textures—some very curly and others with looser curls—that can be washed and styled, allowing girls to learn how to care for and appreciate their own natural hair. “I like her because she looks like me; she’s my mini-me,” says Madison, a 6-year-old who received the Curly Girls United Kayla doll.
The 18-inch dolls are available for order online. Fitzpatrick has already sold thousands of her previous line of fashion dolls, the Brown Eyed Dolls, which have also appeared on the ABC television show Uncle Buck.
For more information, visit https://browneyeddolls.com/
For photos and video of the dolls, visit https://browneyeddolls.com/
Margaret Fitzpatrick is a registered nurse anesthetist based in Tinley Park, Illinois. She has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and ABC7 News for her book, What to Ask the Doc, which she co-authored in 2004. Before becoming a nurse, she worked with social service agencies to assist teenage mothers and homeless people with mental illness. She is available for interviews and can also arrange interviews with parents and girls who have purchased the dolls.
Thanks to Michelle Breyer (Textured Media, Naturally Curly, and The Curly Connection) for including us in her September posting: