LIFESTYLE

Who Needs Barbies? Culturally Accurate Dolls for a Latina Girl

Sept. 9: Traditional Mexican Maria Dolls dressed by French label Kenzo, right, and Lacoste, left, are on display at the Museum of Folk Art in Mexico City. For the first time, Mexico City has joined the global Fashion's Night Out.

Sept. 9: Traditional Mexican Maria Dolls dressed by French label Kenzo, right, and Lacoste, left, are on display at the Museum of Folk Art in Mexico City. For the first time, Mexico City has joined the global Fashion's Night Out.  (AP)

After an exhaustive online search I realized there is no one source that has compiled mami-approved suggestions for Latinas and other moms who are raising socially conscious, multi-cultural kids. When I set out to look for toys that defy stereotypes for girls and reflect our skin tones and cultural values, I found a lot of blond Barbies—who after all these years still have the unrealistic breast-to-waist ratio that I thought feminists had done away with long ago.

Lucky for you, I’ve done some research for you. Here’s my “mami-approved” list of mom-vetted, culturally accurate, developmentally appropriate toys from the perspective of a children’s television producer who is also a mom to a Black and Latina daughter. Here are the top five 2012 mami-approved dolls on my list.

Read more at Mamiverse.

Follow us on twitter.com/foxnewslatino
Like us at facebook.com/foxnewslatino