I remember growing up with little to no variety in the very gender specific toys that young men and women had to choose from in the 90’s. Most dolls had blonde hair, blue eyes, slightly sunkissed skin and rosy cheeks.

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Sure, there was always at least one little black girl barbie and I must admit, the Cabbage Patch Kids were one of the few doll companies that really focused on bringing variety and culture to the playroom. However, for the most part, young girls and boys that weren’t anglo-saxon AKA caucasian, AKA white-had very little representation of their own kind when it came to dolls and figurines.

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In 2017 I am personally happy to see a lot more variety when it comes to kids play things. 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 often concerned with whether or not those action figures are meant for boys or that mini-kitchen set is meant for just girls, children are naturally gravitating to what interests them rather than what they are “supposed” to play with.

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There is one woman, a compassionate artist who has recognized the lack of representation when it comes to dolls and figurines. Her name is Kay Black and her company is called Kay Customz. Kay specializes in making dolls that the toy market has never before seen.

READ ON to find out what separates Kay’s dolls from the rest and why her art is so important to some kids…