One Florida mom was fed up with trying to find a doll that would embrace the natural features of her three daughters. She searched everywhere but when she heard her oldest daughter Sophia began to complain about her brown skin and kinky hair she decided enough was enough and designed her daughter a doll that looked just like her.

Angelica Sweeting, 27, of Miami, Florida, created the Angelica Doll after she realized that the white skin and straight hair dolls her daughter played with everyday were having an impact on her self esteem.

She said, “Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone,” she continued, “With the help of my daughters, we created ‘The Angelica Doll’ — the first natural hair 18-inch doll for young girls.”

The Angelica Doll has the face of a beautiful brown girl, complete with a full nose, and bigger lips. The hair can be washed, twisted, bantu knotted, combed, brushed, blown out, and curled just like the hair of brown girls.

“I’m creating Angelica to let girls know that they are beautiful. Our girls need to see a reflection of their own unique beauty. It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard,” she said.

Sweeting says creating the doll was an eye opening experience for her, “Here I am – 27 years old, and I am honestly just beginning to walk into who I am, my natural beauty,” she added, “I want this to happen earlier, not only for my daughters but for your daughter, your niece, your sister, and for all young girls around the world. I want this to happen for all the young girls who never felt pretty enough because of their kinks, curls, wider noses or fuller lips.”

Sweeting started a KickStarter Campaign to be able to manufacture these dolls for brown girls everywhere. She has a vision to create dolls in all different skin tones and hair textures. As of Friday, she achieved her funding goal of $25,000.

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