Teaching children to accept their true selves will undoubtedly bring forth positivity around them as they age. But while many will agree to this, a few, including toy companies, aren’t convinced. One of such that isn’t preaching diversity is the Miniland Dolls. The company has sparked outrage over its exaggerating facial features on its black dolls but not on whites.
Notably, an Australian mom Jean shared the anatomically corrected dolls she found in a toy shop.
The darker dolls [pictured left] had larger lips, larger noses, and even longer foreheads.
“This is what buying dolls in Australia is like,” reads the caption on TikTok, which of course, has since gone viral.
TikTokers expressed their anger in the comments as one wrote: “Okay, but for the lips really went all out.” Another added: “While I don’t necessarily agree with the doll some people do have features like that, and I’d buy it just to celebrate diversity.” A third stated: “I mean, it’s sort of accurate for a teen or an adult to have these features but not proportional whatsoever for a baby.”
Many urged Jean to try buying a doll from Kmart as they offer a diverse range of dolls to its customers. And indeed, she went and found some adorable black dolls.
In a follow-up post, Jean added: “It’s not just about representation; it’s equally important how we are presented.” In the comments, a woman responded: “These are much more realistic than the last ones.” Before this, thousands had reportedly defended Kmart’s decision to sell dolls with Down Syndrome and label them as such after a video surfaced online of the toy name.
The video caption had read “Kmart Australia has no chill” as it pans across the shelves in the toy section, which showed two soft cuddle baby dolls before landing on the baby Charlie with Down Syndrome doll.
These Kindred Folk dolls are named Ollie and Ruby. They sell for $16 each.
Also, here’s a boy doll Charlie and a girl doll Amelia with Down Syndrome.
Kmart’s inclusivity ranges from Barbie-like dolls with a hearing aid, wheelchair, crutches, a prosthetic leg, and visual impairment.
Praising Kmart’s inclusivity, some people pointed out it teaches kid acceptance; therefore, there’s nothing wrong with the down syndrome doll. However, it remains unknown if the original poster was mocking the dolls, but as seen in the comments, it was said the video wasn’t meant to offend anyone, and they’re not against disabled people.