Black Positive People : Miss Zee Coloring Book for Little Girls of Color

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    VIDEO HERE:
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    Think of one coloring book centered around a puffy-haired character of a darker hue. Can you think of any? I sure could not. When I was a little girl, all that were presented to me were the complete opposite.
    I was raised being exposed to infamous, lovable characters like Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbelle and a countless amount of other characters that I looked nothing like. These characters were all over television and graced various products in stores.

    Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, due to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child. I want her to feel free to be herself inside and out.

    I first resorted to only buying her books that contained non-human characters, but thanks to family members, she would still received books with human characters that she did not relate to. Rather than having her throw those books away, I taught her how to alter the lines into something that she could relate to.

    I then realized that there should already be a coloring book with a character that she did not have to alter. So to combat this issue, I created a puffy-haired character named "Miss Zee." Miss Zee represents my daughter and all the other little girls who are often left out.
     
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    http://misszee.net/

    ABOUT MISS ZEE

    Miss Zee was created out of young mommy’s frustration of not seeing child-like characters that resembled her daughter, Zee and other little girls of color. It started with a coloring book that depicted many illustrations of a puffy-haired little girl. Then what started out as simple, homemade coloring pages turned into manufactured coloring books made widely available for purchase. Miss Zee then extended its brand to other products like canvases and backpacks.
    Miss Zee comes in many skin shades, hair styles, hair colors and eye colors in order to represent the diverse looks of little girls of color. Her main focus is to uplift them and make them feel special even in a world that may sometimes tell them otherwise. Miss Zee is here to let them know that they are perfect exactly the way that they are. She also teaches them how to embrace the uniqueness of not only themselves, but others.
     
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    This is wonderful. Books and dolls for people of colour has always been a problem. I am glad that she has seen the need and has fill it.
     
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    Might I say that's really cool and inspirational. What program did you use to make the majority of the pages? Also fun to see someone from Louisville! My mom is still living next to Lexington in Jessamine County somewhere :)
     
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    This is not ME.

    I just wanted to share the positive business venture this Sister is embracing and under-taking for little girls of color.

    She has a little girl who is the inspiration for "Miss Zee."

    There is a video of the owner at the link I provided in the first post.
     
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    At any rate that's interesting to see. Do you know if since she got funding that book is anywhere? In KY or otherwise?
     
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    I provided the link to her site in post #2.
     
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