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These new vitiligo and albino dolls for Black girls beautify diversity

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These new vitiligo and albino dolls for Black girls beautify diversity


The quest for diversity inspired two women to team up and create a collection of dolls with facial and body features of African and Caribbean children to help encourage black girls to embrace their natural beauty.

Caroline Hlahla, a Zimbabwean based in the UK, and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu, a South African, started the Sibahle Collection brand in 2017, and have since not looked back.

In March 2018, the duo launched a line of albino dolls called Zuri – Swahili name for “beautiful” – to address discrimination and violence against those living with albinism, and for girls with albinism to have a doll they can relate to.

In December, Sibahle Collection will launch a new black doll with vitiligo named Ndanaka, which means ‘I am beautiful’ in Shona.

Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu told local media that the vitiligo doll idea came up after seeing South African …

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