Customer Criticizes Black Doll Line, Says One Is A ‘Bit Too Dark’

July 24, 2016  |  

Photo Credit: Maisha Doll

Photo Credit: Maisha Doll

These days it’s all about being inclusive from beauty to justice, even barbie dolls.

Mala Bryan, a South Africa-based model, created a collection of black dolls called Malaville Dolls in several beautiful shades of brown for little black girls across the globe to play with. However, Bryan’s goal of spreading #BlackGirlMagic was recently met with criticism when a customer made a comment that one of the dolls was too dark. Bryan decided to shared the comment on the company’s Instagram page along with another customer’s response.

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Sending lots of love to the beautiful dark skinned people out there, especially to those that share the same complexion as our #MaishaDoll just know that your black is beautiful, this comment really touched me today and I just needed to share it on here as well. Hopefully it will help us spread some extra love around. x MB #Repost @malabryan with @repostapp ・・・ So this comment was made about my #MaishaDoll. I was thinking about just ignoring it but I'm sharing just so that people realize that our super dark people must still be facing a huge problem. This is just sad. Although I got a compliment at the end, the person had the nerve to talk about her being the least selling when she actually my second best selling. Ugh!

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“I think that one doll [Maisha doll] is a bit too dark. That’s like the Sudanese doll. I think its safe to say that’s the least best-selling… Keep the other three and create accessories etc. 🙂 Keep doing what you do sistah,” the customer commented.

In response to the pretty much ignorant comment, another customer spoke their peace:

Bryan shares the perfect response from another customer but also captions the post with education and clarification:

…I don’t believe that a doll can be too dark…Black in all shades, is indeed beautiful and that’s what Mala Bryan is trying to communicate to the world. Alek Wek, a Sudanese model, is (according to her own words) “as black as the night” and she can be seen on the biggest runways in the world. I don’t think its safe to say that’s the least best selling doll…#celebratehumanity

Bryan captioned the shared screenshot, clarifying as to why she chose to post it on Instagram:

“Sending lots of love to the beautiful dark skinned people out there, especially to those that share the same complexion as our #MaishaDoll just know that you black is beautiful, this comment really touched me today and I just needed to share it on here as well. Hopefully it will help us spread some extra love around… So this comment was made about my #MaishaDoll. I was thinking about just ignoring it but I’m sharing just so that people realize that our super dark people must still be facing a huge problem. This is just sad. Although I got a compliment at the end, the person had the nerve to talk about her being the least selling when she actually my second best selling. Ugh!”

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