|Mapalo, an 18-inch doll by M'simbi, arrived recently from Zambia in her beautifully designed box.|
After becoming aware of the new M'simbi line of five Naturally Beautiful dolls, Mapalo was selected to emigrate from Zambia to America and where she has established a permanent residence. I am as impressed with the packaging as I am with the doll. Let's explore the box first:
|Both left and right side box panels contain an African design. On the bottom of one panel is a different drawing of the same beautiful African girl that kneels on the box front.|
|Her rooted auburn hair is beau-ti-ful!|
|I love this hair... the texture is quite similar to mine when no products are applied to it.|
Two of my 18-inch dolls volunteered to compare their body sizes with Mapalo's. The first body comparison was done with Honey by Curly Girls United.
Next, Addy and Mapalo compared their feet.
What other clothes can she wear?
Before seeing the other clothing she tried on, Mapalo's ear piercing is illustrated next.
|Using a push pin, the earlobe was completely pierced. A little force had to be applied because the vinyl is quite firm.|
|A gold tone, straight-post hoop was inserted into each newly pierced earlobe.|
Honey, the Curly Girl's United doll, allowed Mapalo to try on American Girl Julie's casual '70's-inspired fashion that she had been wearing. It fits Mapalo well as do the boots.
At only a third the cost of an American Girl doll ($34 plus shipping*), M'simbi dolls are an excellent buy for children or for the adult collector of 18-inch dolls. They are well made, have ethnically correct facial features, and beautiful natural-textured hair that is closely rooted. The dolls' accompanying empowering messages of self-love and encouragement are welcome features. *Shipping to America is $29 using EMS, which usually takes 7-10 days.
About M'simbi Dolls
To learn more about the complete doll line, where to purchase, and other details, navigate here to Ebony-Essence of Dolls in Black and read my recent interview with the founder of M'simbi.
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