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Barbie sports an Afro for Christmas

NATURAL: Iconic Barbie doll to be given an afro

AN ACTIVIST group has decided to give the iconic Barbie doll a makeover for the upcoming festive season, it has been revealed.

The doll, which was created in 1959 by toy company, Mattel, comes in 50 nationalities and rarely features black figurines wearing natural hair.

In an attempt to give black girls a doll that reflects their own image, Candace McBride and members of a natural hair group in Georgia, US have produced an online tutorial to give the dolls a textured hair makeover.

"We wanted to show the girls that basically, it's okay the way God made you," said Jennifer Henderson, a member of the group.

The first black Barbie doll is thought to be 'Christie' and was launched in 1968.

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