The lovely ladies over at Curly Girl Collective — a popular organization that celebrates all things natural hair — are spreading holiday cheer this year with their “All Dolled Up” event.
The event was inspired by the unfortunate controversies surrounding 7-year-old Tiana Parker of Tulsa and 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke of Orlando, two girls who were separately targeted by their schools for wearing their hair in natural styles earlier this year.
All Dolled Up, which took place last week, aimed at collecting Black dolls, transforming their hair to curly styles, and donating them to a community-based organization in New York City that serves low-income and disadvantaged girls of color.
“It’s hard to believe young girls like Tiana Parker and Vanessa VanDyke are being sent home from school because their natural hair is deemed unkempt,” Tracey Coleman, co-founder and director of events at Curly Girl Collective, said in a press release.
“After these controversies unfolded, we were committed to addressing this topic in our community. By partnering with Girls Inc. of New York City, we’re able to expand our reach, rally our followers and influencers in the natural hair space to give back and create an experience that inspires young, impressionable girls of color,” she said.
As expected, the intimate gathering brought together a number of bloggers, tastemakers, community leaders and fashion-forward natural-haired women. They collected approximately 100 dolls.
We love it! And if you’re looking to give the gift of a natural-haired doll to a little girl or boy this holiday season, Curly Girl Collective has pull together a cute pictorial for an easy transformation.