24-year-old Haneefah Adam of Nigeria, wasn’t seeing any Barbies dressed in the same way she did — wearing modest clothing that covers the body. So she started an Instagram account, called Hijarbie where she showcases Barbie in a variety of hand-sewn modest outfits and hijabs.
“I want to inspire the Muslim girl. It’s about having a doll that looks like her, that represents her own cultural and religious background”
“It’s important to create a sense of value in the Muslim child, especially the girl child,” Adam told Mic. “They become more confident, more driven, they believe more in themselves, which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing. Instead of dressing up her dolls in clothes she wouldn’t wear, hijabifying it will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact."
I ordered this dress. This is the product photo that was up on the site when I placed my order.
Then, before my package arrived, Mattel changed this photo to THIS:
BLECH! But! Dear reader! THIS IS NOT EVEN WHAT I WOULD RECEIVE!
THIS is what came in the mail this morning:
Okay. Okaaaay. I like the dots and the color better than that pastel pink disappointment, but it is NOT the dress I wanted at all!
This would be bad enough, EXCEPT! THIS IS NOT THE ONLY BAIT AND SWITCH MATTEL PULLED!
You remember this dress?
WELL GUESS WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL!
ONE DRESS WAS BAD ENOUGH, BUT BOTH OF THEM?! I could have bought a fashionista. I could have spent a couple bucks more and gotten another made to move. BUT NO! THAT’S TEN BUCKS DOWN THE TOILET.
Mattel, if you’re reading this:
I’m never buying Mattel Barbie clothes ever again. Not online, not in stores. NEVER. AGAIN.
When I got into dolls I made a pledge to myself that I was just going to make my own doll clothes, which is something I haven’t been terribly good at following up on. But enough is enough. From this point on, I am either sewing my own doll clothes or supporting independent doll seamstresses.
I just wish I could source a small scale starfield print like that first dress (in NOT COTTON BROADCLOTH), I’ve been searching for ages…