11-Year-Old Zoe Terry, Who Was Bullied Over Her Skin Color, Started A Non-Profit To Gift Black Dolls To Black Girls.
“I really wanted to find a way where I can let little brown girls know that their image is beautiful no matter what anyone else says," she said.
February 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm
Zoe Terry launched “Zoe’s Dolls” with an initiative that is simple enough, to gift black and brown girls with dolls that look like them.
“I really wanted to find a way where I can let little brown girls know that their image is beautiful no matter what anyone else says and I thought, ‘Dolls in their image would be a great way to show them that,’ ” Zoe said in a recent interview according to ABC News. “I think its important that everyone gets a doll that looks like them."
Terry reflected on her childhood experiences that impacted her decision. At five years old she remembers being bullied, not only because of the color of her skin but because her hair was "puffy." It was her mother, Nakia Bowling who helped turn a negative that experience into a positive outcome.
“When she was bullied, she said, ‘I’m not going to let this get me down. I’m going to do something positive about it,’ ” Bowling said. “She doesn’t let her situation determine her outcome, she determines her outcome.”
“Not only does she spread a message of diversity and inclusion,” Karen Davis, a teacher at Zoe’s school said. “She really does feel that we are all beautiful.”
We are on a mission to give out 5,000 black dolls to little girls!Be a part of the movement donate a doll! https://t.co/MAsj14Zado pic.twitter.com/GWtjSb0nwF— Zoe's Dolls (@Zoesdolls) December 11, 2016
So far, Terry has helped to collect and donate 20,000 dolls and she has the ambition to create her own line of "Simply Zoe" dolls herself. On Friday, she appeared on Good Morning America with the CEO of the Goldieblox company, Debbie Sterling, who surprised Zoe by donating 5,000 dolls to her project so Zoe can focus more on getting her own line of dolls off the ground.
“I wouldn’t have as much success today if I didn’t have mentors along the way, so today I would like to sign up to be your mentor,” Sterling told Zoe.
Congrats to her!