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Mom and 9-Year-Old Daughter, Owners of Black-Owned Doll Company, Make History with Target and Amazon

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In the world of toy manufacturing, where diversity and representation are often underrepresented, a heartwarming success story emerges. Orijin Bees, a black-owned doll company founded by the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Melissa and 9-year-old Esi Orijin, is making significant strides. Their journey, from being featured on Oprah’s prestigious list to securing a landmark partnership with retail giants Target and Amazon, is nothing short of inspirational.

Orijin Bees first gained nationwide attention when it was listed as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things. This recognition was a pivotal moment for the brand, catapulting the Baby Bee Collection into the spotlight. The endorsement by Oprah, a revered figure in the African American community and beyond, brought much-deserved attention to the brand’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

The brand’s Nu’Bee Plush Baby Doll Collection, which stands out for its inclusive and culturally rich designs, has now found its way onto the shelves of Target. This expansion is not just a business achievement; it’s a cultural milestone. By being available in a major retailer like Target, both in stores and online, Orijin Bees is bringing joy and representation to children from various backgrounds.

The achievements of Orijin Bees continue to grow. Both Amazon and Target have included the brand in their 2023 Holiday Toy Books, a testament to its growing popularity and the increasing demand for diverse toys in the market. This inclusion is particularly significant, emphasizing not just the quality and appeal of Orijin Bees’ products, but also highlighting a shift in consumer preferences towards toys that reflect the world’s diversity.

The partnership with Target is a strategic move that aligns with Orijin Bees’ mission to make their dolls more accessible to a broader audience. This expansion allows more families to experience the Nu’Bee Plush Baby Doll Collection and its celebration of cultural diversity, which is at the core of the brand’s ethos.

As Orijin Bees continues to break new ground and redefine the toy industry landscape, the company’s journey is a beacon of hope and inspiration. It demonstrates how embracing inclusivity and representation can lead to remarkable success. Melissa Orijin, reflecting on their journey, states, “Our brand is not just a doll company; it’s a celebration of diversity, culture, and the power of a dream realized.”

For more information on Orijin Bees and its inspiring journey, visit the official website at For press inquiries, reach out at [email protected].


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