Magdalena the Afro Latina!

Meet Magdalena the Afro Latina. Inspire from gorgeous black women from the Dominican Republic, Magdalena was made of a mix of Living Doll and Prosculpt polymer clay and stand 18” (45,7 cm) tall. Just to be advise you, that I will be touching on a delicate subject which is a result related to slavery and especially in the Antilles and Latin Countries in general. As Canadian of Haitian descend, I could not avoid this sensitive subject: skin color! Over the years, I have followed  racial classification, among Dominicans, has been fraught with color-ism – as a desire to avoid being cast as Afro-Dominican (synonymous with Haitian ancestry).  Sad to admit that, but more alarming,  many Dominicans are in fact themselves descendants of former African slaves. Also, many prefer to be associated as Native or of Spanish descend just in order to avoid the undesirable social mark of being perceived as black.  In an opinion article, Black lives under attack in the Dominican Republic: Why this crisis deserves our attention, written by Richard Scott Brookshire III explores the subject delicately, http://thegrio.com/2015/06/19/black-lives-haiti-dominican-republic/. I can’t not tell you, that this article made me cry, but also made me tougher as a human being! As a citizen of the world, as a women and as an artist, I want to celebrate international beauty at it’s best, in all shades, in all backgrounds and in all it’s splendor. Dolls are the best way for me to express the beauty of these differences. So I say it out loud, let’s all celebrate it!!!! Magdalena was created for this reason! More photos of her will be posted, stay tuned.

Marie Georghy Jacob

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2 thoughts on “Magdalena the Afro Latina!

  1. I’ve also been moved by the plight of Hatians affected by the blatantly racist immigration policies in Dominican Republic seeking to remove Hatians of a darker hue. As you say the irony is that many Dominicans themselves are descendants of enslaved Africans. What wonderful work you are doing to showcase and celebrate beauty of all shades. Your work is amazing and truly unique. I have never seen anything like it and I love the fact that each fashion doll has her own identity and ethnicity. I very much appreciate the thought and skills involved in working out the details of these wonderful dolls. Will you be adding to your collection with Fabiola, the dark chocolate brown, Haitian beauty? 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Lucille for beautiful words and for your interest in my fashion art dolls. Well as I explained yesterday, that this subject really did affected me, but I want to show positivism and beautiful dreams in my art work not only in my fashion art dolls, but also in all the marketing side that I am working on by the way. Like any art form, my approach on making what I do, needs to be aware of what is going on in this world…and what I can see is that there is somewhat a little lack of love. Love is so important in my life and by creating ethnic fashion art dolls, I truly hope that it will give some love to people generally speaking and yes I will do a very dark brown beauty, maybe not Fabiola but I will. Love to you all!

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