Little Black Girls are White Hot

Filed under: Celeb Parents, In The News

Rene Syler

The spotlight is on First Daughters, Sasha and Malia. We're watching what they wear, the toys on their backpacks and, of course, the color of their skin.

Madison Avenue is also paying attention. First case in point, modeling agencies are signing up more little black girls who look like the Obama girls for shoots like this Harper's Bazaar photo spread. The hot new Beanie Babies dolls, originally named "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia," were only just yesterday renamed "Sweet Sydney" and "Marvelous Mariah" after the First Mama objected. "We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes," said her press secretary.

I remember the days when all my my sister and I wanted were Chrissy dolls, one was blond, the other a red head. it took a few years for the Ideal Toy Corporation to get wise and come out with a black version. Only she looked exactly like the white doll -- same features, same straight hair -- just tanned.

Is all this attention to little black girls a good thing? I want to know what you think.

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