Women are held to a(n arbitrary and limiting) standard of beauty, beginning in early childhood. We’re immediately compared to the images we see in ~the media~ and popular culture— in film, advertisements, etc. Far too often, we’re inundated with images to which we cannot relate. This is a problem even before women reach Victoria Secret model age; young girls aren’t seeing themselves represented in the shows they watch or the toys they play with. It doesn’t get any less diverse than the world of dolls (although there has been some progress in recent years).
That’s why this video of a girl getting a doll with a prosthetic leg like hers is making our hearts melt.
“Tears of JOY! :)” Courtney Fletcher Bennett captioned the video she posted to Facebook on Wednesday. Emma, a ten-year-old from Cyprus, Texas, got a surprise thanks to A Step Ahead Prosthetics, a company dedicated to helping individuals with limb loss. The American Girl Doll was given a prosthetic leg identical to the one Emma has… And the glorious reaction video has received over ten million views in two days.
“You gotta be kidding me,” Emma says upon seeing the doll. “It’s got a leg like me!” she shouts, immediately hugging the new toy. And then come the tears of joy. And then we start crying.
A Step Ahead Prosthetics even outfits the dolls for free.
According to their website:
We are NOT charging for the customization; we feel that it is absolutely crucial to boost the self-confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of inclusion for little girls with limb loss, and that something as small as a doll that resembles them can have a profound effect on their mental and physical well-being. In that spirit, anyone with a child who has had or is facing an amputation is welcome to send us an American Girl doll which we will happily modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child. The prosthetics themselves are entirely designed and fabricated in our prosthetics shop alongside the “real” prosthetics, and are painted by hand in a variety of colors.
And here’s another happy little girl. Happy Friday.
WE’RE NOT CRYING IT’S ALLERGIES. (h/t mashable)