African dolls hit South African shores

Imagine a place of stunning beauty and make-believe, where your dreams come to life and play is actively encouraged. This place is called Malaville. Not quite a physical destination, but rather a doll collection that aims to inspire young and old to journey into the world of the creative imagination. The Malaville Debut Collection is a range of dolls with a variety of brown skin tones and hair curls, coils and textures, introducing a more diverse representation to the doll market.

Doll: Malina
Doll: Malina

Malaville Toys was founded by international model, businesswoman and doll collector, Mala Bryan, because she had identified the need for more-curly haired black and brown dolls at an affordable price. “I looked to expand my own doll collection as they all started looking the same to me, but realzed they are not as easy to come by,” says Bryan. “We live in a world where diversity in culture, race and colour is celebrated, so why not translate that to children through playtime from an early age?”

Mala Bryan

The way children engage with their toys is a good reflection of how they will interact with their friends in the real world. Bryan feels strongly that kids relate to their dolls and therefore showcasing diverse ethnicity through toys will not only help children form a well-rounded and realistic worldview, but will also serve to develop a healthier self-image overall.

Bryan’s range of dolls was inspired by her own playful nature and the debut collection has just launched with four dolls of varied brown hues, each with their own career and natural beauty. Bryan felt the need to introduce careers in the creative fields as most of the dolls out there tend to gear towards conventional job titles such as doctors and vets. The Malaville dolls also embrace a more natural look, with little to no make-up, to move away from the world’s skewed and unrealistic portrayal of beauty.

Doll: Mala
Doll: Mala

Having gained significant traction and attention from around the globe, including international publications such as The Huffington Post, we can now welcome Maisha, Mala, Malina and Mhina to South African shores. The four dolls in the range each sport individual outfits that match their personality and respective creative career.

Doll: Mhina
Doll: Mhina

Bryan’s aim is for the dolls to have an impact on the citizens of the world and for the debut collection to make it into all doll collections, both young and old. “I would love for adults to play with the dolls and connect with their inner child,” Bryan concludes.

Doll: Maisha
Doll: Maisha

Exciting projects and additional dolls are in the pipeline, with an accessories line soon to be available online. The Malaville dolls can be purchased online from

Follow Mala Bryan and her Malaville Doll Collection on Instagram: @malavilledolls @malaville_ @Malabryan.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. 2016-04-04 / 23:19

    These dolls are beautiful! My daughter loves all types of dolls and I’m sure she would love to have these as well!

  2. 2016-04-04 / 23:30

    I think that is just so awesome! I have never understood how the world can be full of so many different looking people, but dolls are always white.

  3. 2016-04-05 / 00:08

    Those are some really cute dolls. I love the hairdo’s on them as well. I’m sure my grand daughters would love these.

  4. 2016-04-05 / 01:56

    OH wow those are awesome! I know a few girls on this side of the world that would love those dolls too!

  5. 2016-04-05 / 02:19

    These new dolls are adorable! It will be nice to see the new accessory line once it’s released.

  6. uprunforlife
    2016-04-05 / 09:30

    These dolls look very realistic. I hope your kids enjoy playing with them.

  7. 2016-04-05 / 15:38

    I think that is just so beautiful! I have never understood why they only used to offer white dolls! So glad this is changing!

  8. 2016-04-05 / 17:15

    Such pretty dolls! My niece was just asking me for a birthday gift. 🙂 I think she’ll love any of those.

  9. Kathy
    2016-04-05 / 19:36

    Those dolls are beautiful. My girls would love to have them. We just got a Barbie dreamhouse, so these would go great with it.

  10. 2016-04-06 / 13:58

    Those are beautiful! I love the hair especialy. Ity’s nice to see these in the market now.

  11. ascendingbutterfly
    2016-04-07 / 11:20

    YASSS!!!! These dolls are fierce! When I was little there was just Barbie, and there were no faces close to mine on TV either. The closest doll to ‘brown’ I remember was the Cher doll who had an afro wig you could put on her and the doll was way more tan than she was for some reason! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely consider the Malaville Doll Collection for gifting for birthdays and holidays!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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