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There was a little Indian girl who wanted to get her doll’s hair done. She bought a light skinned doll with green eyes and caramel hair. Unfortunately I was having a hard time getting the style right because it was thin, then her dad says “why didn’t you get a doll that looks like you?!” And then the little girl whispers to me that she doesn’t like the dark hair dolls. The majority of them have a medium/dark skin tone.

I was shocked. Shocked to see a little girl in front of me being ashamed of her skin tone. I wanted to say something, but I didn’t. I feel that people do not understand that whitewashing doesn’t end with fanart. It extends to the media and it is damaging.

By story submitted by thecollegefreshman, who used to work as a doll hairstylist at American Girl (via damnlayoffthebleach)