Celebrating Diversity

Growing up, there weren’t many options for toys and products that looked like me. I remember when the Black Barbie came out. I could’ve cried. I had to have one.

It’s surprising to me that in 2021, things haven’t changed much. There are more diverse doll options, thanks to companies, like Mattel (who have Barbie dolls in various shades, sizes, and abilities) and several Black owned brands (such Healthy Roots Dolls but the representation is dramatically skewed as you walk the toy aisles.

When my daughter was younger, I really struggled with finding party favors and themes for her birthdays that looked like her. It was heart-breaking going through the aisles and having to choose between Doc McStuffins and Princess Tiana, especially as she outgrew those characters.

This is why I created my brand of I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! products that highlights the spectrum of our diverse beauty. I want children to have options when they plan their birthday parties and for parents and loved ones to easily find gifts that look like their child.

This holiday season, I created (and am creating) gifts that you can personalize for your friends and family members. You can choose from 9 different characters of varying shades of melanin, including vitiligo and albinism. My #Proud2BNaturalMe Holiday Collection products allow you to have your recipient’s name printed directly on their gifts!

I’m so proud of the products I’ve created. Sometimes when you don’t see what you want in the world, you choose to become the solution. Check out my promo video here. I hope you love them as much as I do! Please share.

Happy Holidays!

Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist

Published by Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist

Marlene Dillon is the CEO of MDillon Designs & Publishing. I teach girls to believe in themselves and choose relationships that support their goals. I teach children that their dreams are possible and that they are lovable. I teach parents to communicate with their children in healthy ways. In short, I.U.S.E. people. Inspire. Uplift. Support. Empower.

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