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All Dolled Up with Curly Girl Collective

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Young girls of color are at a major disadvantage when it comes to embracing their natural hair and gaining confidence and self-esteem. They are faced with major opposition from peers, adults and even school administrations. When Tiana Parker, a straight A student from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Vanessa VanDyke from Orlando, Florida were sent home from school because their natural hair was deemed unkempt, a national outcry ensued. Mainly because the backlash against black beauty and natural hair has gone too far.

This holiday season, Curly Girl Collective (CGC) is committed to promoting self-love to young girls of color. On December 5th, CGC is hosting ALL Dolled Up, a holiday event that invites fellow curly girls to donate brown/curly dolls to a  community-based organization in NYC that serves low-income and disadvantaged girls.

In the recent Black or White: Kids on Race conducted by CNN, Dark Girls documentary, broadcasted on OWN, and the award-winning film “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?” children are still showcasing a bias toward white skin and straight hair.

By joining forces with Girls Inc. of New York City, Curly Girl Collective seeks to change doll test results and remind brown girls of their inner and outer beauty. It’s an opportunity to bring bloggers, tastemakers, community leaders and natural-haired women together, with a main objective at the core, to empower young curly girls and combat societal views that promote self-hate and low self-esteem.

During the event, there will be a video documenting the experience leading up to when the five founders of Curly Girl Collective deliver the dolls to young girls in need. If you’re in the New York City area this is an evening you don’t want to miss!

P.S.:

Two of my Crush Media clients, EDEN BodyWorks and CurlyKids Hair Care, are participating in this special night so if you’re attending, be on the lookout for FAB gift bag goodies and an amazing giveaway!


 

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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