“But… I don’t want to be Teresa.” Only a Latina knows the struggle of playing with dolls with your friends and being voluntold to be the only ethnic doll in the bunch. Ugh… I hated that! Vi and Va is a new line of dolls that can be found at Target which are is inspired by Latino culture. I mean, the dolls in the collection are all cousins. Come on, doesn’t get more Latino than that. We’re all family!
As a first generation born and raised American, I struggle with being the bridge from my children and their grandparents heritage, especially because I was born here, but that doesn’t mean that my American experience hasn’t been touched with a little bit of sazon.
The brand starts with Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va) who are two teenaged sisters. Viviana loves to sing and Valentina is her younger sister who has learned how to cook from her mother and grandmother, she even shares her empanada recipe on the Vi and Va Pinterest page. You see, I can relate already, I learned how to cook from my mama and how to make reservations from my mami. Felicia, their cousin is a girl that you will never say bye to, not only because she is an artist but because in my opinion has the most fun style out of all the primas and finally, Roxxi is a dancer and her accessory is a very 80-esque boom box. Yes! I know!
Within minutes of my daughters playing with the dolls, they used more Spanish words than they have in a long time. “The dolls are Latina, Penny. We have to speak Spanish when we play with them.” My daughter was so insistent on only speaking Spanish. It was great! You have no idea how difficult it is for me to get them to speak Spanish at all. Penelope aka Viviana made up a fun song about empanadas for her sister Sophia aka Valentina, they loved playing with them and rushed through their homework today to continue role playing with the dolls.
What I love about this brand is that the dolls shed light to things that are very common in the Latino culture. The dolls are all cousins and all have different skin tones, hair types, colors and body shapes. They show that there isn’t one body that looks just like the other and on top of all that, they represent the strong unity of family.
Since these dolls are so awesome and we are having such a good time with them, we are giving a Vi and Va doll for you to enjoy! In the meantime, check them out at your nearest Target and make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see future and current promotions. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below.
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This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.