Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Black Doll Affair and Macy’s at Lenox Square Present a “B’huetiful” Fashion Show

By Lisa Brathwaite
BlackGivesBack Atlanta Contributor

ATLANTA, GA - The Black Doll Affair (BDA), a philanthropic organization and self-esteem movement for Black girls and women, presented a fashion show in celebration of beauty diversity at Macy’s Lenox Square on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Appropriately named B'huetiful, The Black Doll Affair Fashion Show was hosted by multi-media personalities Nina Brown and Rashan Ali. Pictured in the photo are Bill Hawthorne, Macy's senior vice president, Diversity Strategies and Legal Affairs, on the “B'huetiful” red carpet with Dana "Mama Doll" Hill, Founder of The Black Doll Affair.

Amid all the spring style gazing, the event paid tribute to guest honorees Monica {Kaufman} Pearson, veteran WSB-TV Channel 2 News Anchor, for being the first woman and the first Black anchor on a daily evening news program in Atlanta; Nan Orrock, State Senator, District 36 Georgia, for leading the way in the civil rights movement; and Yvette Caslin, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development at Steed Media Group for being the first media person in the Atlanta community supporting BDA.  All honorees exemplify the confident beauty, grace and tenacity of women.

“Macy's and The Black Doll Affair share a couple of key interests - we are fashion and community oriented. We are pleased to partner with the BDA in this endeavor to showcase and celebrate diversity of an important part of our customer base and the community,” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy's senior vice president, Diversity Strategies and Legal Affairs.

Founded by Dana Hill as a solution to the infamously documented ugly doll test results, The Black Doll Affair [BDA] is an organization driven by its members, The Black Dolls. Banding together to tackle the black family’s issues with shadeism, self-hatred and low self-esteem, the organization prides itself on being “pretty… philanthropic.” Eighteen years and older, from college students to grandmothers, career women to ladies of leisure, The Black Dolls deliver their message of internal and external b’huety by donating toy black dolls to toddlers, hosting tween self-esteem summits and producing special events that promote and uplift black women. For fun, The Black Dolls enjoy each other at social play dates. To express the importance of community service,  they donate hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars annually to charitable causes that affect all races.

Official chapters exist in Atlanta [HQ], Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

View video footage from the event by visiting here - thanks to Joshua Peltier for Brightcomm Entertainment, LLC for the wonderful video created for BlackGivesBack!

For more information visit http://www.blackdollaffair.com/.

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