11-year old Zoe Terry launched “Zoe’s Dolls”, her own company with the goal to give colored girls with dolls that look like them. “I really wanted to find a way where I can let little brown girls know that their image is beautiful no matter what anyone else says and I thought, ‘Dolls in their image would be a great way to show them that,’ ” Zoe said in an interview according to ABC News. “I think it’s important that everyone gets a doll that looks like them. “
At 5-years old, Terry remembers the experiences that helped her make her decision to start the company. She was bullied, not only because of the color of her skin but also because her hair was “puffy.” It was her mother who helped turn that negative experience into a positive outcome. “When she was bullied, she said, ‘I’m not going to let this get me down. I’m going to do something positive about it,’” her mom said. “She doesn’t let her situation determine her outcome, she determines her outcome.”
“Not only does she spread a message of diversity and inclusion,” Karen Davis, a teacher at Zoe’s school said. “She really does feel that we are all beautiful.” So far, Terry has helped to collect and donate 20,000 dolls and she has the ambition to create her own line of “Simply Zoe” dolls herself. Zoe is the type of little girl that rejoices in the act of servitude and in the spirit of giving back. These are lessons that were instilled in her at a young age. Zoe learned the importance of her role and obligation to take on community responsibility and the notion that if one is in need then we are all in need.
3 Things We Love About Zoe:
- In 2017, Zoe was honored at the Nickelodeon Halo Awards for her organization that takes action against bullying!
- Zoe inspires other girls to love the skin that they are in!
- Her work and company sparks an important conversation in her community and around the country. Zoe spreads a message of diversity and inclusion!