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)
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