Cape Town based international model and doll collector, Mala Bryan has recently launched a range of dolls that don’t look like Barbie.
Bryan's company, Malaville Toys produces dolls that are dark skinned with natural hair, minimal makeup, and challenging career options.
She says her focus is on creating dolls that look like the children who will play with them so that they can associate with them.
Listen to the full conversation below:
Children tend to associate their dolls in the real life. There are children who are not black but have black friends but they are not being able to have a doll that represents their friends— Mala Bryan, Malaville Toys
Diversity in the toy world is very important— Mala Bryan, Malaville Toys
A lot of white parents who have white children also have that problem of getting black dolls to join the dolly family— Mala Bryan, Malaville Toys