These Amazing Dolls Help Kids Who Have Vitiligo

Diply 28 Sep 2017

Representation makes a world of difference to people, and sometimes, we don't even realize it. Dolls are a quintessential part of childhood, but up until now, there hasn't been an inclusive market for them. We're seeing a wider range of skin tones, sizes, and styles surface in the past few years, but there is still a huge lack of representation.

Kay Black is on a mission to change that by creating detailed, custom-made dolls that are inspired by her customers. She has done dolls that spread the message that black is beautiful, but recently, she has also been doing dolls with the rare skin condition vitiligo. No doubt, this artist is changing the world and making a difference, one doll at a time.

She creates one-of-a-kind dolls with vitiligo, a rare skin condition that causes loss of pigment in the skin.

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I love the animal-printed dress and bow. So pretty!

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People can submit photos of themselves and she will paint the dolls to resemble them, down to their specific skin tone.

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How amazing is that?

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Beyond the skin tone and vitiligo, she creates custom hair and makeup for each doll as well. 

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Imagine how long each one must take? I'm crazy about this idea.

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Can we talk about this doll for a minute and how detailed the customization is? This doll really does look like her! 

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So beautiful, and I'm honestly so impressed. These dolls must be doing wonders for making people with vitiligo feel included. Finally!

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Unless duplicates are requested, each doll is different. Now that is a true custom design!

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No two are alike, but all dolls are gorg beyond words and super inspiring.

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Children around the world with vitiligo can now have a doll that looks like them, and that is a beautiful thing.

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"I love what I do and take pride in each custom design!" Kay said about her work.

Keep on doing amazing things, Kay! These dolls are spectacular and stunning.

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