We have reviewed many toys here at Does It Really Work.Org but none have had the impact on social media and the real world the way this toy has. Or should I say these toys, as there is more than one to choose from.The toys we are reviewing are the Naturally Perfect Dolls.
These Naturally Perfect Dolls have been designed so they don’t portray that standard picture perfect doll look.
The claim is that these Naturally Perfect Dolls more accurately represent the looks and hairstyles of minority girls. They are designed to let the young girls in African American and Latino neighborhoods know that their looks and natural beauty is just as vital and important and much truer than the Barbie dolls that are seen to clutter the shelves of most major retailers.
A vast amount of the hype that these Naturally Perfect Dolls are generating is due to the successful bid by the starters of the company, a young couple of color with 2 young daughters named Angelica and Jason who started the company after one of their daughters expressed concern over the fact that she didn’t feel like she was beautiful because she did not have Blonde hair and the features like the dolls that she owned which were primarily Barbie type dolls. The founder of FUBU and Shark Tank alumni Damon John bought into the concept and made the couple an offer of $200,000 for 30% in the company with the balance going to the couple less 10% that they will donate to charities.
One of the concerns of the other Shark Tankers was the high price point of the dolls that retail for about $85 dollars on the Naturally Perfect Dolls website which is listed below. While this may sound a little high, it really is not much different than your average Barbie that runs in and around the same price points for the ones that come with accessories. So, really the price is pretty reasonable for a well- made doll with the significance that these dolls represent.
Not much in the way of commitment to these dolls other than from the young ladies who will need to love them and take care of them when they receive one for a Birthday or Christmas or just so they can have a doll that more accurately represents who they are and how they look which is of course…Naturally Beautiful! The actual commitment is made by the parents who choose to purchase these wonderful dolls that help to break down the stigma and stereotypes too long perpetuated by the mass media in particular and toy makers in general.
From the extensive reviews we have read online it is indicated that the Naturally Perfect Dolls are very well made and as life like as any other doll on the market today and in some cases much more realistic. The features are designed to mirror the features of the communities that they represent so that the young ladies from those communities are able to see that they are just as beautiful and in some cases even more beautiful than the watered down, unrealistic and manipulated image that they see in the mainstream media every day. Currently the company has 4 Naturally Perfect Dolls in their growing line up including the first doll they produced named Angelica and then Brielle and Kennedy and then Camryn who is the lighter skin variant of the line- up. All of the dolls come dressed but you can purchase amazing accessories for all the dolls from the website. Check out some of the other interesting toys that we have talked about in the past.
Final Naturally Perfect Dolls Review
While the big toy chains have tried something similar in the past few years the dolls they produced were simply not as accurate feature wise as the Naturally Perfect dolls and of course do not have the same back story either which in our opinion makes these dolls just a little more special over all. They are a well- made product with the best of intentions from a moral perspective which in our books makes them worth the price of purchase. For far too long we as a society have had a vision of what we consider to be beautiful but that limited vision has left us with blinders on that limits our ability to see true “naturally perfect” beauty when it is right before our eyes. Hopefully these Naturally Perfect Dolls are just the start of a shift away from the traditional and a gateway to a new reality. A reality that is right outside our doors, in our magazines and schools and in advertising of every sort. The shift has begun and Naturally Perfect Dolls are just one small foot step in the right direction.
For anyone, of any nationality or gender who wants their children to know and understand that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and yes, even colors these Naturally Perfect Dolls are for you, or more appropriately, for your child. Breaking down the barriers and stigmas that surround our kids every day is what leads to a more tolerant and inclusive society and in today’s unpredictable times that is needed now more than ever! Kudos to Angelica and Jason for refusing to buy into the traditional and much respect to Damon John, the best dressed Shark Tanker, who saw the potential and coughed up some much needed capital to help kick start their expansion into a broader market!