Trent T. Daniel, founder of the One World Doll Project, and Stacey McBride-Irby, creator of Prettie Girl Dolls, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” Tuesday to discuss the definition of beauty as it relates to the kind of dolls and toys that are available to black girls. Daniel and McBride-Irby also talked about how the Prettie Girl doll line helps black girls embrace their own self image.


The Prettie Girls!™ are diverse in culture, interests, and style! These hip young girls attend the Dream Academy of Excellence, a school where dreams can come true – so long as you work hard! They come from countries across the globe and no matter what they look like or where they are from they believe that beauty comes from within. In the Prettie Girls’ world every girl is awesome and amazing!

The Prettie Girls! believe that we all live on this planet together, and that we can all be friends so long as everyone gives their best, respects others, and never takes life for granted! The Prettie Girls believe in getting excellent grades, helping their communities, making mindful decisions and most important of all— taking their futures seriously!

Currently, five dolls make up the One World Doll Project’s Prettie Girls! collection. Two are available now at retail: Lena, who is African-American and Valencia, who is Latina.Three more Prettie Girls! – Kimani (African), Dahlia (South Asian) and Alexie (Caucasian) – will be on display and available for consumers early this year.

Here is an animated vision of the dolls.

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