Girl With Facial Birthmark Gets A Special Doll That Looks Like Her, Names It 'Princess Cheek'

"This little girl has never been happier."

Katie Crenshaw, the Typical Katie blogger, says she's always "advocated for acceptance and awareness" for her daughter, Charlie, who has a facial birthmark due to infantile hemangioma

Infantile hemangioma refers to a very common birthmark made up of blood vessels that appear during the first four to six weeks of a child's life, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin reports. They also change in appearance over time. 

In a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Crenshaw explains that "up until very recently, Charlie has been blissfully unaware that she has an extra feature which makes her unique." Crenshaw wanted to give her daughter a doll on Christmas, so she contacted a shop owner who could help.

"Not only did she agree to make a custom doll for Charlie, she offered it as a gift, no strings attached. She asked for a photo of Charlie's face and some other preferences, such as hair, clothes, and shoes. When she finished, I could not believe how detailed the doll's birthmark was, and how much it looked exactly like Charlie!"

Crenshaw writes that she couldn't wait until Christmas to give the doll to Charlie, so she did it early. 

"When I gave the doll to Charlie, her eyes lit up — she immediately touched her cheek and smiled. Now, Charlie has a baby doll that looks JUST like her," Crenshaw writes. "The time and care this shop took to make the birthmark identical to Charlie's, leaves me speechless. Charlie hasn't put the doll down since I gave it to her; and named her (all by herself): Princess Cheek. This is the most wonderful gift we could have received this Christmas. This little girl has never been happier."

Crenshaw also attached three photos of Charlie and her doll to the post, which shows Charlie smiling from ear to ear, holding her doll close. 


"What a beautiful smile, she's just precious!! How sweet that now she has a special doll that looks like her!" one person comments on the post. 

This isn't the first time we've seen how creating more inclusive dolls can make children feel accepted and important. In September, we covered one artist named Kay Black who created dolls to represent people with vitiligo. And last year, one toddler, Harmonie-Rose, received a quadruple amputee doll, just like her. 

Hopefully, these stories will influence people to create more toys and products that represent people of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Check out more from Crenshaw's post below:


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