Children of America Dolls Aim to Break Cultural Barrier

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 11:28 pm

No one does it better than Mary Eubanks when it comes to promoting cultural diversity through her dolls. The Children of America Dolls, which are available online, have made it to the hearts of women, young and old.

“For centuries, dolls have been used to help comfort, stimulate and teach young girls. The dolls would typically resemble the girl’s ethnicity and culture (a huge factor in developing identity and self-esteem),” explained Mary who started the business back in 2006.

She recalls “…at the time that I started this, it was absolutely hardly any dolls that represent the diversity of these different little girls…shortly thereafter there was some browning—I call it—of the skin tone of dolls but basically that was it. The mold or the faces were basically the same. They you know, obviously they change the color of the hair, but the facial feature was basically one…mold.”

Mary reaches out to young girls through her four signature dolls which are named Mia, Ashley, Brianna, and Andrea. Each one represents a unique cultural ethnicity that any doll lover from across the United States, and even the whole world, can relate to.

As for the traditional Caucasion-looking doll that she grew up with, Mary said “I just felt it really didn’t demonstrate the diversity of little girls and they should have dolls that looks similar to them, if they choose to.”

And it does not stop there. Mary shares her plans of expanding her collection that strives to capture every ethnic background.

“We’re still in the growing stages. Sure, I have all kinds of ideas to add to other you know, ethnicities and bi-racial dolls as well but you have to start somewhere and grow and so this is why I chose to start where I am starting.”

Children of America Dolls are available on her website (www.coadolls.com) and are distributed at the Dinosaur Farm in South Pasadena, and also at Monrovia at The Dollmakers

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