African-American group gives Barbie a 'natural hair' makeover

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By: Brandice Hudson, Digital Journalist at WRBL News 3

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Barbie- -a longtime icon for girls all over…

This time of year, you can find her atop many Christmas lists.


“We’re holding the Black Barbie Doll Drive, where we collected new and used Barbies to give to the girls at the BTW Girls Inc. and we’re turning them into natural hair Barbies,” said Candace McBride, Organizer for the Black Barbie Drive.

In Columbus, Frolific is hoping to makes the wishes of needy young girls come true this holiday…But this time with a “twist.”

“Natural, is chemical free hair or hair with no perms. And you can wear it curly, you can wear it locked, or you can wear it straight. It’s just without a relaxer,” said McBride.

Hiding behind the hair, is a more important message: Teaching girls to accept who they are.

“Children need to know the importance of loving themselves and the way God made them and they don’t need any alterations to their hair or bodies to make them better…That they’re good enough the way that they are,” said McBride.

One grandmother agrees. That’s why she’s brought in her donation.

“I have a little granddaughter that is just beautiful and we haven’t been able to find one like her…And she says granny, why don’t they make them like me?” said Alice Bowling.

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