April 21, 2009

Fulla, NOT the Arab Barbie



This is Fulla. She was a gift from my sister to Zayneb and she is her favorite doll. I like that she has black hair (with a auburn streak) and brown eyes. She looks more like the average Arab girl. She has natural looking make up and doesn't have the huge cone like rack Barbie has. Under her clothes she has perma underwear in the form of a nude colored undershirt and below the knee bloomers too!

When I was a kid I always wondered why Ken got the perma underwear but Barbie was naked. Anyway, her hair is nice and hasn't gone frizzball like the other dolls the girls have, mashaAllah. She comes with regular clothes or abaya or both.


Check out her stylish outfit. She even has a cute bag.


The original Fulla has black hair and brown eyes. They have since made ones with brown hair and green or light brown eyes since there are many Arab girls with those features too. Now I just wish they would do different colored skin Fullas.

I'm glad that there is Fulla, in a sea of blond Barbie wannabe dolls, she stands out. Made by Arabs, doll Arab and Muslim girls can relate to. She's a great doll in her own right. Not just a copy or wannabe and not just Barbie with a scarf on.

18 comments:

  1. I have to get one of those for my daughter when she gets a little older. I love that she actually has modest clothes instead of daisy dukes and looks more like a real person. Hope your daughter has fun playing with her.

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  2. I love Fulla, wish I had one growing up! Will it be really weird if I get one for myself?lol

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  3. Stacy, yea inshaAllah, she'll love it.

    Hijabee, do it! I was playing and dressing her this morning!

    I forgot to mention that Fulla has like clothes for girls and bedding, school supplies, everything.

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  4. My baby girl has one, is fullona...the cheaper fulla & it comes with a little nasheed, the first time she saw it she look the doll and look her mum (me) i think she though ¡This doll is like mummy! lol, she was so serius...looking us each other.
    She loves this doll i think because it shows our identity better than a barbie. Is extremely important to show their a god role model even in their toys...don't you think?

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  5. Aw, that doll is really cute! So much better than Barbie.

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  6. They are VERY nice dolls... I bought my daughter 3 of them before we left New York- she'll get a chance to play with them, InshaAllah, if I EVER get my stuff from Alex!

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  7. Fulla is better than Barbie but the quality is soooo bad! At least the one we got in Cairo was; her legged popped off the same day we bought her.

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  8. She is adorable masha'allah.

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  9. My Samia loves Fulla.

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  10. i love that even her normal clothes are modest and cute!

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  11. She's soooo cute! This sounds nuts but I want one, hehe.

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  12. She is really cute, I mean her face is cute right?

    Umm Omar, are you sure it was a real Fulla? I only ask because there are a LOT of copy cats. I mean a LOT. I'm pretty sure if it could break easily my kids would have broken it. The one my sister brought from Saudi almost a year ago is in pretty good shape, mashaAllah.

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  13. As I know, Fulla is made in Indonesia...but i'm not really sure...Could anybody tell me? My girls have some dolls, a lot of the doll wear hijabi...I think it better to give the kid a hijabi doll.

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  14. Anonymous3:30 PM

    You can easily hear your childish rage agains blonde barbie (maybe also western style)

    Take it easy will you? "wanna be dolls"? what are you talking about? not all blondes are the same either, and there exists many types of blonde barbie too, so that just ridiculous. And btw. why can't she be naked? when I was a little girl, I played she sleept, worked, and she also shovered etc. the fact that fulla always is fully covered just seems weird to me. Its natural to be naked at times, and children don't have those sexual thought's anyway! Well maybe they will get them when they ask why she can't take all her clothes off, and you have to explain that being naked is wrong.. ?

    I think a review of the doll is great, diversity is great and its great little girls can identify with it, but why do you need to lash out on people who doesn't share your point of view?

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  15. Wow Anonymous, You're pretty off base here.

    Rage? That's a strong word to describe an easy going post such as this. I had to re-read it as it's a bit old and there's no rage there.

    Take it easy? What on earth are you talking about? You're comment doesn't even make sense. I simply stated that Fulla was not like the rest of the dolls on the market who were wannabe Barbies. That it was refreshing to see a doll that reflects a different look.

    I didn't say anything was wrong with Barbie being naked, I just pointed out that Ken had the perma-underwear.

    I didn't "Lash out" on anyone and you need to work on your reading comprehension.

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  16. Hmm it seems "anon" is an opportunist

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  17. Asalam U Alaiykum Mona,

    this is my first comment here, and i have to say that i really enjoy your blogs especially as it gives me an understanding of what's its like to live in an arab world. Thank you for that! I love the fact that there is a doll that muslim girls can enjoy world wide. i live in a western society and it makes me sick how much everything has to be advertised with sex or have some undertones of sex. its a breath of fresh air to see a doll that doesnt have exaggerated proportions and a modest dress.

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  18. Trinichic, I'm glad you enjoy my blog. Yea I find Fulla refreshing in a world of Barbies.

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