In 2011 Zoe Terry was bullied because of her skin tone and her hair texture. Zoe and her mom Nakia Bowling stepped into action and instead of letting this experience break her spirit, her along with her mom fought back and created a nonprofit “Zoe’s Dolls” when Zoe was only 5 years old.
Bowling sought to instill confidence in her daughter and see the beauty within herself. Zoe in return wanted to spread that feeling of self-worth and confidence in other little girls that may be facing the same situation as her. They turned to family and friends asking them to donate African American dolls. They had two goals, one to make other little girls feel special but to also give to those who were unable to afford gifts during the Christmas season.
Now 11 Zoe has made a huge impact far exceeding her 5-year-old vision. According to her website, https://zoesdolls.com, Zoe dolls have given out $20,000 in dolls, donations, contest and free community events. Putting smiles on the faces of girls in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Africa and Haiti.
Today was beyond unbelievable! We kicked off our Black History Month Doll Giveaways. We started it in a BIG way! Good Morning America has came to film the Zoe’s Dolls Movement. It started out at my school where they filmed me going to class and hanging with some of my friends. They also filmed the awesome Karen Davis Athanassiadis and all the work she has done with me. Next stop was off to the doll giveaway with Me and my girls Essence and Zion to bring smiles to some girls’ faces! I will be in the studio live with Good Morning America in NY this month! I am beyond excited! @hasbro thank you for being a huge part of this! @goodmorningamerica thank you for thinking my vision is worth sharing! Thank you @mdcps_d2 for always supporting the mission from the start! Thank you @miami_country_day_school for being the best school ever! #zoesdolls #hasbro #goodmorningamerica #blackgirlmagic @bosszoe11
Her amazing work and effort to bring joy to others have even created another wonderful chance to be a light to someone else. Zoe was featured on Good Morning America and Debbie Sterling, the founder, and CEO of the toy company GoldieBlox has offered to mentor the young Zoe and donate 5,000 dolls to Zoe’s organization in order to allow Zoe to focus on creating her very own line of dolls in addition to that every doll purchased in February on https://www.goldieblox.com, the company will donate a Ruby doll to Zoe’s charity.