If you were born prior to 1995, you probably remember growing up with little variety in the gender specific toys that were on the market.
Some toy manufacturers added a little diversity to their lineup, but for the most part, most dolls and action figures had blonde hair, blue eyes, slightly sun-kissed skin and rosy cheeks.
Barbie had a few dolls of color, but Cabbage Patch Kids and G.I. Joe action figures were really the companies that focused on bringing variety and culture to the playroom.
For the most part, however, young girls and boys that weren’t Anglo-Saxon / Caucasian / white had very little representation of what they saw when they looked in the mirror when it came to dolls and figurines.
Now it’s 2017 and many people are happy to see a lot more diversity when it comes to kids’ toys.
With more and more parents opening their minds to the fluidity of gender-specific roles and allowing their children to think and play as please, less moms and dads are concerned with whether or not those action figures are meant for boys or that mini-kitchen set is just for girls.
As a result, kids are naturally gravitating to what interests them rather than what they are “supposed” to play with.
One compassionate artist has recognized the lack of representation when it comes to dolls and figures and she’s doing something about it.
Her name is Kay Black and her company is called Kay Customz. They specialize in making dolls that the toy market has never seen before.
Head to the next page to find out what separates Kay’s dolls from the rest and what makes her art is so important…