In a culture where ideal body standards are created and perpetuated by the beauty industry, it may seem like there is nothing you can do, but it’s not out of your hands. You can take a stand and make a difference in creating a more body positive culture. A group of parents did just that by creating a social media campaign called “Toy Like Me” in an effort to encourage parents to customize their children’s toys to include accessories and physical characteristics of children of all body types and with various disabilities. Creating these dolls is important because children with disabilities deserve to see their own characteristics reflected in their toys. Parents across the world responded to the campaign by customizing their children’s dolls to include hearing aids, walkers, birth marks, prosthetic limbs, etc.
In response to the campaign, a British toy company, Makies, designed a new line of dolls that are representative of children with disabilities. Makies uses 3D printing to create hearing aids, walking aids, and even facial birthmarks for the dolls. The company even allows parents to customize the dolls to personally resemble their child’s specific physical characteristics. The company “hopes that a more positive representation of children through their toys will help make our society more inclusive, and kids with disabilities will stop trying to follow the impossible and unnatural ‘beauty standards’ and standards of conformity which we’re all used to when they get older.”
So remember, you have a voice and you can create a more body positive society.
By Sarah London