Career Girl Wanda

Name: Career Girl Wanda

Made by and When: Shindana Toys, 1972

Material: Vinyl with bendable knees and jointed waist

Marks: ©1972 SHINDANA TOYS / HONG KONG (on buttocks)

Height: 9 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black curly rooted hair in “shag” style/brown painted eyes with rooted eyelashes/parted lips with painted teeth

Clothes: Light green belted mini dress with matching panties, darker green square-toe pumps

Other: Career Girl Wanda stock #2050 was Shindana’s first fashion doll. The company made several other Career Girl Wandas in subsequent years that represented different professions and sports activities to inspire young girls to imagine themselves in these careers (see the gallery photos). Each doll included a booklet with narratives from real Black women involved in the careers the dolls represent. An extra fashion was included with most. Career Girl Wanda is the first multi-career-oriented fashion doll mass produced by a Black-owned company in America.

Gallery

The first multi-career-oriented fashion doll —Career Girl Wanda by Shindana Toys

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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