The Strand Bookstore in New York.
It is impossible to go here and not walk out with an arm full of books. I feel like this would be a really dangerous place to live near…
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.”
you could kill a man in any of these dresses, and pretty sure no jury would convict you. those are killing-men dresses, that’s what i’m saying
SPREAD THIS LIKE WILD FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!
SISTERS DOIN’ IT FOR THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"we’ve normalized guns and violence through video games….yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable"
^^^that right there.
This is relevant to my interests
FINALLY, the weather for long dress length cardigans, over the knee socks and furry snow boots in UPON US - =͟͟͞͞ ( ꒪౪꒪)ฅ✧
(at least until my apartment gets hot again out of nowhere ughhh)
Love winter because, in part, of all the clothes one can layer on. Summer is pretty boring by contrast — stripping down just to keep from melting into a pool of sweat.