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Maths Teacher Launches Range of Dolls to Inspire Black Girls to Reach for the Sky

By Features Desk

Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Charlotte Francis (pictured below) works as a Maths teacher, and now, she is
also the entrepreneur behind a new range of dolls called “Biankha and Friends”.  Ms Francis has spent most of her adult life either educating or  mentoring young women, so it came as a real surprise when in 2016 her own daughter, Cali (aka mini CEO), came home upset one day and asked for “straight , yellow hair” after falling out of love with her own natural hair.

This spurred Ms Francis into action and she immediately started searching for a doll that looked like her daughter on the high street but could not find a single Black doll. The only dolls she found were online from America and were often either too expensive or had expensive shipping fees.

This experience inspire Ms Francis to launch her own range of dolls here in the UK, which celebrate the beauty of Black women and serve as “Play role models” for little girls who to aspire to great things in life, be it leading a multinational corporation, becoming a diplomat or a succesful medical practitioner - that is  anything that they set their minds on to.

“Biankha and friends was created to empower, motivate and inspire young girls of colour, to excel in the 21st century.” Ms Francis says. “Its mission is to educate and encourage young girls to embrace their culture and heritage, whilst succeeding in a modern and ever changing society; through dolls, role play, books, animation and everyday items.”

Ms Francis points out that the doll also serves as a real symbol of inclusion and diversity in play activities for those who would not normally buy Black dolls for their children.  

She also thinks that having these dolls will ensure that children not only see themselves but see their friends in their toys.

The brand’s mission is to educate young children about their true history and encourage them to strive to reach their full potential, whilst taking pride in their culture and communities.  

“I thought of Biankha’s name after being drawn to the feminine ankh symbol and felt like I wanted young girls of colour to be embraced in a positive light. I also wanted them to have high aspirations and have the confidence to embrace being multi-faceted; being in tune with their heritage whilst being fiercely successful and knowledgeable about their history. I want to inspire little princesses to become queens,” says Ms Francis.

Maths Teacher Launches Range of Dolls to Inspire Black Girls to be Business Leaders

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