A doll for a young Muslim girl who wears a hijab has been honored as the Platinum Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the benchmark of excellence with consumers, toy makers, and media: “We’ve had dolls from many cultures and ethnicities. Ameena, is a first,” said the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio review cited by Gifts and dec.
“She is a fabric doll wearing a hijab, in the tradition of Muslim women. Like the other dolls in the collection, she comes with a little book about differences and friendship.” The award means this doll is one of the most innovative and engaging new products of the year.
Selma’s Dolls collection, which includes other two dolls, was formed by two moms, Valerie Alva-Ruiz and Courtney Stillwagon. They launched their project to start a needed conversation with their young children about accepting and learning from people of all different backgrounds, races, cultures, and religions.
In addition to Ameena, Annie is a lovable doll with Down syndrome who wears a blue and yellow dress – colors that represent awareness for Down syndrome.
Lola is a Mexican-American doll who loves to teach friends new Spanish words. The three dolls also won the Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Products Award and the 2018 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPA).
“Selma’s Dolls is a collection of uncommonly beautiful ragdolls that celebrate our differences (cultures, religions, developmental disabilities) and similarities as human beings and help sow acceptance and inclusion as a way of thinking and being,” said the write-up for Tillywig Award Winners 2018.
“The book includes conversation starters that help parents and children explore what it means to be different from others. The dolls’ construction and design are such that they are easy for young ones to hold and will remain sitting upright on their own, features that inspire an abundance of pretend play!”
NAPPA judges agree.
“Meet Selma’s Dolls — a collection of soft ragdolls that celebrate diversity and help teach kids about the beauty of being unique. In each doll’s clothing print, there is a nod to the olive branch that is a universal symbol of ‘peace’ and part of the Selma’s Dolls logo.
“These dolls are a NAPPA winner because they bring an important message to kids and parents: Diversity is beautiful and we should all celebrate our uniqueness.”
This article was originally published on aboutislam.net.