St. Lucian native + international model, Mala Bryan, recently launched Malaville Dolls – a collection of dolls that celebrate diverse brown hues and multi-textured, natural hair. An avid doll collector, Bryan created the line after noticing a lack in the market of dolls that looked like her. The need for diversity within her doll collection and the global market, led to the production of this collection of dolls – which features four brown skin-toned dolls – Maisha, Mala, Malina, + Mhina.
The model, who grew up between La Pointe Mon Repos + Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, coined the term Malaville because it was the creative space her mind often drifted to. It is still the place where she finds much serenity, joy, + love. Bryan wants her dolls to be for “children of all races,” so that black + brown children can have a toy that is reflective of their look and ethnicity, and so that other races can learn more about and understand diversity in our multicultural society. Bryan is currently based in South Africa, where she sells the debut collection.
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