Niya Dorsey created the Malia doll to inspire little girls to embrace their uniqueness, individual beauty, intelligence, culture, and leadership abilities.
She says, “The Malia doll was inspired by my daughter. I didn’t remember seeing or having a doll that had the beautiful features of girls of color. I wasn’t big on the Barbie dolls and the other dolls I had. It wasn’t always easy styling their hair either. So I decided I didn’t want a doll that teaches my daughter how to be a good mom, encouraged her to believe in herself and to achieve her goals no matter what.”
The Malia doll’s facial features represents girls of color. To show girls of color that they are beautiful too. She speaks 20 empowering words to encourage girls to have positive self esteem and self awareness. Niya believes little girls should be taught at a young age how strong, powerful and beautiful they are. Girls that are confident and have positive self-esteem are more likely to be successful.
A few of the phrases include: “you are beautiful”, “dream big” and “be confident”. Malia also features hair that you can blow dry, twist, or flat iron. Her ears are pierced so little ones can have fun mixing, matching and accessorizing.
My name is Niya Dorsey the founder and creator of Brains and Beauty Dolls. I have my bachelors degree in finance and two wonderful kids. I love to spend all my free time with my husband and kids.