Yesterday I had an opportunity to spend an hour at a conference, and I am always interested in the wares of African-American vendors. As I walked through the vendor area, the first vendor that caught my eye was the one with a cute African-American doll. When I was wrapped up I walked over and totally loved their products and what I assumed was the concept for the product. Pretty Brown Girl……
I feel that I am constantly reassuring my 5yo DD she is BEAUTIFUL and her NATURAL hair is beautiful. These factors compelled me to write the post Battle of Hair-Me and Mini Me. When I started taking her to Hair Cuttery to have her hair done, it was always a battle with the hair style. She became so attached to having her hair blow dried and then it was a struggle to keep her hair natural. Honestly, I had to explain that our hair is beautiful no matter how we style it and that long hair does not constitute Beauty. I told her Beauty is what is on the inside not the outside. It dawned on me when she was in her enrichment kindergarten and making new friends how much she doubted her image. She was constantly talking about the clothes her friends wore, their hair and how pretty my friend _____ is on a daily basis. As a parent, I never thought she would experience these insecurities at such a young age. Wow, was I surprised with the challenge of having these discussions throughout her school year.
I applaud Sheri and Corey Crowley founders of Pretty Brown Girl with developing products that reflect a positive image of who our daughters should see in the mirror. My little 5yo DD was elated when she arrived home to find her t-shirt and backpack. Next on order will be her doll.
For all my readers, please join the Pretty Brown Girl movement. Encourage your Pretty Brown Girls!
Thanks again, Sheri and Corey!