art by Jillian Reece
I saw you already had a couple octopus mermaids so I thought she might fit in
This is beautiful.
California privilege isn’t the weather. It’s in n out
Except that we have In n Out in Texas and it’s gross…so. Nope.
You bet I just bought a key work shirt for Clementine!
With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.
The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.
The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.
Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.
"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”
Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.
But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”
Some of my faves from 2013!
forever swooning over this babe
such a cutie babe
The highlight of my teenage years
I thought I would never see this again
if anyone ever wanted to give me a present, this would be the coolest fucking thing. Geodes carved into fucking skulls.
I love the last one :)
"Uranographia: totum caelum stellatum" Johannes Hevelius, 1687
Andromeda, Aquaris, Aquila, Bootes, Cassiopeia, Draco, Pegasus, Orion
when someone asks you not to touch them it is really important you respect that they don’t want to be touched
Especially kids. Like when you say “can I have a kiss” and the kid says “no” you don’t do it anyway, you don’t guilt them, you don’t beg, just let it go.
Kids’ opinions matter. Let’s not teach them that “no” means negotiate.