Brains and Beauty Malia and Khari

Name: Malia and Khari

Made by and When: Brains and Beauty Dolls; released in 2017 and 2018, respectively

Material: Artist-doll-type vinyl heads, arms, legs, and breastplates; their cloth mid torsos house their removable voice boxes in a zippered back section. Malia has a medium brown complexion; Khari’s complexion is lighter.

Marks: Brains Beauty (on the head)

Height: 18 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black human hair styled in loose curls and a loose Afro/brown stationary eyes/closed mouths

Clothes: Malia is casually dressed in a white dress with a pink heart in the center of the bodice.  The skirt of the dress has pink polka dots.  She wears a light blue brushed denim jacket that has three-quarter length cuffed sleeves.  A pair of chestnut faux suede UGG-style boots complete her fashion. Khari wears an African print dress with Roman-style yellow sandals. 

Other: These 18-inch talking dolls, sold separately, speak 20 different empowering phrases for girls and have human hair that can be washed, combed, and styled. Malia has pierced ears; Khari does not.  They are jointed at the head, shoulders, and upper legs. Their heads can be rotated in different positions.

Slideshow:

Brains and Beauty dolls were designed by an African American woman to encourage young girls to empower themselves and one another. Read more about this doll line here, and view a video of Niya Dorsey, the creator, explaining the concept of Brains and Beauty Dolls.

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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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