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Mom Calls Out Toy Company For ‘Exaggerated’ Features On Black Baby Dolls

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An Australian mother’s viral TikTok video has sparked outrage against Miniland Dolls for the exaggerated lips and noses found on their Black baby dolls.

It’s important for young children to see themselves represented in the media and toys they interact with. One toy company, however, is facing backlash after Jean, a mother from Australia, shared the company’s dolls on her TikTok account.

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The Black baby dolls, seen below, have oversized noses and lips and longer foreheads compared to their white counterparts.

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The caption of Jean’s post reads, “Buying Black dolls for my daughter in Australia be like.”

TikTok users shared a mixture of support and outrage at the embellished features. 

@jeanchronicles

It’s the exaggerated nose,forehead and mouth for me😭🥺 #minilanddolls #fyp #diverse

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One person wrote, “Okay, but for the lips really went all out.”

Another said, “You’ve shown 3 dolls of a massive collection, this is one way they represent POC, there are a number of others that don’t have bigger lips and noses.”

Another said, “Took me a second BUT OMG THE LIPS”

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Yet another commented, “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.” 

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Others said that they saw themselves in the doll, and that it is accurate to how they feel they looked like as babies. Some agreed with the mother that the baby doll looked more like it had the facial features of an adult than a newborn baby.

Jean followed up on her viral video after following the suggestion of users who told her to look for a doll at Kmart, which offers a diverse range of dolls.

@jeanchronicles

Pt 2 So I went to Kmart and found some really cute Black dolls 🥰It’s not just about representation it’s equally important HOW we are presented!! #fyp #diversedolls #kmartaustralia

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“I’ve steered clear of these comments but let’s go. 1.There is nothing WRONG with the features but these are adult features on a newborn! If that was the intention shouldn’t all the dolls have been made with features they grow into??”

Jean went on, saying, “2.The black one is cute,sure y’all made them and I’m sure no African had any input in this,this is how YOU see US not the reality of black newborns!”

She said of the incident in a follow-up video, “It’s not just about representation; it’s equally important how we are presented.”