by: We Rise and Shine
If you see a young girl playing with toys, more than likely she has an assortment of dolls in her collection. At one point in time dolls were simply just toys to be used for a child’s entertainment, but thanks to Stacey McBride-Irby, Co-Founder of The One World Dolls Project, these small figures are a source of inspiration and embody a young girl’s aspirations.
As a child Stacey loved mixing and matching her Barbie’s clothes and styling her hair. Not long after Stacey stopped playing with Barbie™ dolls at the age of 13, she made the decision to enter the fashion world. The foundation for Stacey’s dream was established after her father saved a newspaper article that featured Kitty Black Perkins, a Mattel™ designer. With the encouragement of her father and her instructor of a fashion computer course at El Camino College, Stacey called Perkins and eventually landed an interview. During the interview, Stacey was asked to design a Barbie™ fashion. It was approved and she was hired as an assistant designer, which began her career in the world of toys and doll design. Stacey was a Project Designer for Mattel™ in El Segundo and was with the company for 15 years. During her tenure, she created the So In Style™ line of African-American Barbie™ and designed a number of specialty Barbies.
In 2010, Stacey took a leap of faith and established The One World Doll Project with Co-Founder Trent T. Daniel. The One World Doll Project endeavors to make a significant positive cultural impact through the doll category. After several years of development, The One World Doll Project recently released the Prettie Girls!™ line of multi-cultural fashion dolls. Pretty is an acronym, which stands for Positive, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Talented Truthful, Inspiring, Excellent. The Prettie Girls!™ are unique in their physical attributes as well as their individual personal stories, goals and inspirations. In an interview with Lioness Magazine, McBride Irby explained,
“I didn’t want to leave out other nationalities that are overlooked in the fashion isle. I can’t say all because there are only five [Prettie Girls!] dolls, but I want to create dolls for girls that don’t just have blonde hair and blue eyes.” The range of ethnicities include African, African-American, Caucasian, Latina and South Asian. Each doll also stresses the importance of academics and community service as attendees of the fictional Dream Academy of Excellence. “There are so many negative influences out there for our girls and with a story it makes them more relatable: one loves to cook, one to recycle, one is spelling bee champ,” she noted.
Stacey’s motto is, “A happy, inspired childhood creates happy, inspired and powerful women.”
Dolls Available for purchase at Toys R Us, HEB, Wayfair, DollGenie.com