Fashion & Style, Kenyan Kids Fashion

50 Days of Kenyan Kids Fashion- Day 1

July 4, 2016
Lilmissbelle-Swahili Princess 2

When I first came across the Swahili Princess doll, I was totally blown away by its African beauty and amazing fashion sense. Dressed in African attire including a Maasai inspired knee-length dress that comes with a cape and Ankara dresses and pants in a variety of colors, the “African Barbie” is such a beauty and I honestly wondered if it was weird to want one for myself! Most importantly though, I knew my daughter would be obsessed with the gorgeous mermaid-worthy long hair as she would comb it as much as she wanted to.

Photography by Charles Ngomo of Royal Reel Photography

Shoot Location-Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi

African Doll from Swahili Princess (Facebook Link)

Instagram: @SwahiliPrincess_blackdolls

Contact them on 0707-183203 (They deliver throughout Nairobi)

Xena is at that stage where long hair fascinates her so much and interestingly, she always asks to comb mine whenever I am fresh from the salon and not when it actually needs combing! She knows she has beautiful hair too and I find her subconsciously twisting it while watching TV. So the other day she had seriously crossed my path (can’t remember what about) then I touched the sides of her head and harshly told her “I am going to chop these horns that are sprouting at an alarming rate!” Amidst uncontrollable tears, she looked at me, covered her head with her hands and retorted “You are not going to cut my hair, never ever!”

Honestly speaking, I have never seen Xena as genuinely happy to receive a gift as she was when I first presented her with the Swahili Princess doll. She was not as ecstatic when she received her Lego train set and neither did her cute purple tri-cycle blow her mind away as  much as the doll did. Immediately she complemented her beautiful shoes and asked if she could remove them, to which I responded that the doll was hers and she could do with it as she pleased. She then undressed her and dressed her up severally, and for the next hour or so carried on combing the hair and fixing tiny rubber bands all over her head. When it was time to sleep, she could not dare to leave her new-found friend behind.

I love the fact that the dolls are flexible and can sit, kneel, stand or be in whatever position the child would want them to be in, making playing with them all the more fun. The outfits (including the shoes) are easy to put on and take off and can easily help a toddler learn how to dress themselves up. The dolls come in black cotton bags with Maasai fabric handles which are perfect for gifting.

Love, Joy & Xena

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Where were these dolls when we were growing up. I want a couple for myself. LOL! weird but oh well….
Thankfully they are here now and we don’t have to tell our kids that being black is wrong or not enough. Our African Barbie is more beautiful than the blonde one. I”m so proud to be African & feel bad that our girls want permed hair, lighter skin & green eyes. We are BLACK & BEAUTIFUL #blackdontcrack Thank you @swahiliprincess_blackdolls for empowering a new generation of black girls #blackgirlsrock

ION:why scare Xena by threatening cutting her hair??? Not cool… She will probably never forgive you neither shall Daddy. I know I occasionally still guilt trip my mum for cutting mine.


    I absolutely love them Jay. In fact, I wasn’t too worried about Xena not taking to the Swahili Princess because I was going to adopt her then! But she ended being completely blown off her feet so now we take turns to braid and comb her hair 🙂
    You clearly did not understand my statement..I said I was going to cut the “horns” and not cut her hair..but because I was touching her head while saying that, she probably thought horns is another word for hair. I would never cut her hair or even threaten to do it, and neither would I allow her to cut it herself.. until she turns 18 hehe.


      hahaha! #childatheart

      Ohw! you had me scared for a minute. The pussycat hair style looks like horns pia, so guess that’s why also I got scared.
      Btw you need to tell us what you use for your hair. I need some length on mine.

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