Inspired By Her Daughters, Entrepreneur Creates Line Of Dolls

By Clifford Parody
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) After seeing her two daughters shun their naturally curly hair in favor of the long straight hair of the dolls they were playing with; Angelica Sweeting decided to create a doll that highlighted her daughters’ natural features.  Sweeting focused on making a doll that her daughters and millions of other young girls could relate to, whose characteristics would work to instill pride and positive body identity. Talk about women in business with a purpose!  We love it…..women entrepreneurship at its best!

The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

Angelica Lewis Sweeting, who grew up in Lakeland, and her husband, Jason, have two daughters who love to play with dolls.

But as their daughters grew older, the Sweetings started noticing something about Sophia and Sydney.

“Like most young girls with kinky-curly hair, my daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day,” Sweeting said. “Sophia wanted long, straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone.”

With this in mind, she set out to create a new doll — one that her daughters, and millions of other young girls, could relate to, whose features would work to instill pride and positive body identity, she said.

The process began two years ago.

“I got the idea for the doll and literally researched for months on how to get it done,” said Sweeting, who went to college in Miami and now reside there, said. “I finally found a manufacturer and we created the Angelica Doll.”

Once the concept was solidified, the prototype took eight months to develop, painstakingly testing out every aspect to make sure it could withstand the force of children having fun.

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