Kids come in all different shapes, sizes and colors — and so should their play things, says one toy maker.
She hopes to shake up the industry by selling dolls that promote inclusiveness.
Artist Crystal Kaye, the brains and brush behind Kay Customz, creates dolls that spotlight the unique and diverse attributes of real people.
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“My goal is to go beyond the average assembly line-looking doll, to make relatable and realistic works,” she told TODAY Style. “I find new and used dolls at different thrift stores and yard sales and use them as a canvas. I’ve created ones with red hair and freckles and others with albinism.”
Her latest endeavor is hand-painted dolls with vitiligo. “I want to convey the message that beauty should not be manufactured, it should be based on one's true mirror image,” Kaye said.
For kids with the skin condition, these are more than just toys. The porcelain treasures are helping break down beauty barriers, boost self-esteem and include a demographic that may feel left out.
The response online has been overwhelmingly positive (and deservedly so) — including a Facebook post from actress Tia Mowry, in which shared her admiration for the idea.
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