It has been a long standing theory that global toy manufacturers are definitely a conditioning agent when it comes to the standard of beauty. Who dictates who WE are? Though this is a doll, the stereotype exists. The stereotype is indicative of several self reflective issues within the mindset that accepts the standard of beauty for one culture onto another. Let’s be very clear.
Self expression is wholly subjective. To speak one’s truth is a right that everyone is ‘obligated’ to uphold. However, the question becomes what is your truth? Is blonde hair and blue eyes on a black or brown woman who was not authentically born with those attributes telling of larger self esteem issues, or have some black women decided to THROW the ideology back in the face of their nay sayers by creating a type of masquerade. Essentially are women so self empowered that they believe: “I can be whomever I want to be on whatever day I so choose?”
If the latter is more accurate, then are we witnessing an evolution beyond the stigmas or has the lack of self appreciation been amplified? Those companies and big businesses that have the economic resources to keep generating self conflictual images seem to be very interested in that pursuit. One must ask what do they stand to gain by making little black girls hate their authentic genomes?
The image has sparked outrage on the Internet, with many finding it offensive.
YNaija.com, an Internet newspaper for young Nigerians, said that the doll strongly resembled “imagery of African-American women that is seen in some of the most famous celebrities,” such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
It’s not clear where the image originated. MSN News found it on the Facebook page of R&B radio station WBLS 107.5 and is waiting for a comment from them.
“Is this the true essence of our beauty and how America perceives the black woman?” the station asked under a picture of the doll.