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, Cinderalla, 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, thanks 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.