Slow but steady progress is being made with diversity in the fashion industry and model Mala Bryan is furthering the inclusiveness with a line of dolls that honor black skin tones.
Malaville dolls are made to mirror the classic Barbie doll with a model-esque figure and bendable limbs. However, these dolls trade in Barbie's straight and blonde tresses for textured and coarse curly hair, which come in various brunette hues. The skin tone of these dolls also depict variety. From light to much darker browns, Malaville dolls detail all kinds of beauty found within the black community. Each doll is outfitted in bright clothing inspired by Africa or the Caribbean.
Though Barbie just launched a new line of dolls, which include diverse skin tones and body types, Mala Bryan is adding to the demand for more diverse playthings.