Harper Iman


When I first discovered Harper Iman I squealed with joy and then promptly shared the link with my mom. Growing up as an African American kid in the 80's and 90's meant that your choice for brown dolls were extremely limited. Sure, I had brown Barbies. Yes, I had a weird baby doll who I affectionately named Baby Rock (her head was the size of a crater); and the piece de resistance, was receiving an Addy American Girl doll for my 10th birthday. But none of these dolls looked like me or anyone else I knew in real life (well besides Baby Rock, cause I have definitely met some hardheaded babies). 

Enter Harper Iman! Created in 2017 by Kathryn Burnett and Cynthia Watkins (mother and daughter) this inclusive line of handcrafted dolls helps those who are often underrepresented feel seen. The linen dolls skin color, hairstyle, clothing and accessories can be customized. Accessories include, ballet slippers, denim overalls and harem pants, I mean, I can't even. So adorable. Prices range from $80 - $100 depending on the overall size and customization. Harper Iman dolls are meant to be treasured, so that seems like a fair price point. 

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