Hear what others are saying about Jilly Bing.
Half of parents rank diversity and representation as a top consideration when shopping for toys. Now, Elenor Mak, is on a mission to create a more inclusive selection of dolls with her line, Jilly Bing, that celebrates the Asian American culture. NBC’s Vicky Nguyen reports for TODAY.
"Jilly is... designed to reflect modern Asian American children, from the authentic shape of their eyes to their playful smiles."
"Dolls represent what society thinks is beautiful, so the fact that there was not one that looked Asian – I just really wanted to change that...I want all children to know they belong...They are beautiful as they are.”"
"Elenor Mak...launches Asian American doll company after struggling to find adequate representation."
"A Bay Area woman has created a new toy company capturing the diversity she says she never saw in her own dolls growing up. KRON4 spoke with Elenor Mak, the found of Jilly Bing dolls."
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"Dolls are not just a toy that's in passing," she explained. It's the child's first imaginary friend. It's the child trying to make sense of the world."
"The media that we consume reflect society’s beauty standards and influences of how kids perceive themselves; a belief that made Mak design Jilly as a figure of empowerment for Asian kids...Jilly [is] an Asian female who [is] non-stereotypical, one who [is] not demure or shy nor exoticized..."
"Jilly Bing was founded by mom and CEO Elenor Mak after struggling to find Asian American representation in the toy aisles."
"Asian girls have always been told who they're supposed to be. Growing up, you were expected to be demure, polite, shy, " Mak noted. "We want to showcase her as ... someone who has the freedom to be who she is."
"Diversity in dolls: Jilly Bing, a Bay Area company, is creating a line of Asian American dolls."