5 Healthy Self-Image Toys and Dolls for Girls

There is a treasure trove of toys out there that show girls just how beautiful and capable they are.


Our girls start receiving images about body aesthetics from the moment we carry them into the Target. There are whole isles of one shade of pink, and billions of dollars pumped into ads for dolls and toys.

As moms, we want our girls to have an inclusive sense of beauty, and we want them to develop a healthy attitude toward their own bodies, no matter what the magazines and commercials tell them. So at home, we can encourage them to play with a wide assortment of toys and activities that promote healthy self-image.

Parents want a less homogenous view of beauty, and forward-thinking toy and game manufacturers have taken this into consideration in recent years. Here are a few examples that help girls develop a positive attitude toward their bodies and encourage a multi-faceted sense of self.


  1. Lamilly


She’s cute, but she also tough! Lamilly has real girl proportions and styling, and real-world ambitions! She started as a crowd source project, which over earned its budget by $70,000, to give you some idea of her popularity. Watch some of the videos to see how kids react to seeing this realistic doll for the first time.


  1. New Barbies


It took Matel a long time to come around, but in 2016, the company released a series of dolls called “The Fashionistas” with different skin colors, heights, and proportions. They also released a “Coder Barbie” to show that girls can get into this field as well.


  1. Ikuzi Dolls


These dolls are beautiful, ethnically inclusive, and have an innocent quality with regard to their fashion and their styling that feels like a throwback to old school baby dolls.


  1. Nooks Modular Dollhouse


A gender-neutral dollhouse assembly kit that encourages boys and girls to play together? Wait, why don’t our boys and girls play together? Because we’ve socialized them away from collaboration, that’s why. You’d be surprised by how well they get along when they have an activity that engages both genders at the same time.  


  1. GoldieBlox


The great minds behind this whole series of products have really changed the game for girls. The emphasis is on science, invention, building, and adventure. By offering them the necessary tools, girls get a much stronger, proactive vision of themselves through make believe and storytelling.


Pretend is the domain of the child. We want that imaginative life to have no boundaries so we should supply our girls with as much make-believe material and positive reflection as we can. It’s a big world out there and girls should see themselves as a beautiful part of it.




About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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