Stella Jean Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection at New York Fashion Week
“Haiti is more than just devastation” - Italo-Haitian designer Stella Jean
”Brightly colored Haitian scenes were printed on flowing silk skirts and dresses. The mood was fresh and cheerful, as light as a breeze” - Review by Angelo Flaccavento
Lisa Williams’ “Positively Perfectly” dolls are sold in more than 3000 stores
by Carolyn M. Brown
Lisa Williams, PhD, recalls watching a segment on CNN and hearing a little African American girl tell anchor Anderson Cooper that brown skin like hers looked nasty. The cable network had commissioned a study aimed to recreate the landmark “doll test” from the 1940s which revealed that African American children often preferred a white doll over a brown doll because white was associated with such attributes as good, nice and pretty. CNN’s 2010 study showed racial biases and preferences towards white or lighter skin tones were still prevalent.
It was that episode that convinced Williams to launch a multicultural doll collection in 2010. “I did not want to see another little African American girl fail to choose the doll that most closely resembles her precious face because that child does not view the doll as being equal or more beautiful than the white doll,” adds the founder and CEO of World EPI Inc. in San Diego, California.
"I may not be a person of color but I’m a woman I know what it’s like to be a minor-"
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