This week's paper doll is inspired by Norah and is my first dark skinned toddler doll. I chose that term specifically -- I like to use dark, medium, and light to describe the skin tones of my paper dolls. Not every person with dark skin is African-American, for instance. And I personally can't stand the term "Caucasian". It describes a specific region and the people who live there. It does not describe someone like me and my northern European heritage. In general, I really don't care for a lot of terms that describe race. Why create categories for the vast, amazing beauty of humanity? I can only hope to represent a small slice of the endless, gorgeous combinations of hair, skin, and eye colors out in our amazing world.
Anyway, that's my rant. I'm not interested in political discussions, but I felt the need to explain my naming conventions. I love creating a variety of pretty paper dolls. Maybe they have dark skin and dark hair. Maybe they have light skin and red hair. Or maybe green skin and purple hair! I just hope they are all beautiful & that every child (or adult) who loves paper dolls can find one in my portfolio that represents them.
So here's Nina, in purple & yellow plaids. Enjoy!