Craig David was basically the godfather of the infamous Flavas dolls

In the early 2000s, the brains behind Barbie debuted a new line of hip-hop- and Black-culture-inspired fashion dolls called Flavas. The verdict? They were problematic (and swiftly discontinued after a year of poor sales). Their legacy? Not entirely tainted, thanks to none other than U.K. R&B legend Craig David.

A photo of Craig David photoshopped over a photo of four of the Flavas dolls.
The first commercial for the Flavas line, circa 2003.
The Flavas crew. (Question: why were the white girls always placed front-and-center?
A white female Flavas doll spray-paints a brick wall with graffiti lettering. She’s wearing a fuzzy black coat, makeup, and blonde microbraids.
A white female Flavas doll spray-paints a brick wall with graffiti lettering. She’s wearing a fuzzy black coat, makeup, and blonde microbraids.
White girls with microbraids >>>>> (Photography by My Plastic Life)
The music video for “Fill Me In,” Craig David’s debut solo single, released in 2000.
Craig David’s second album, “Slicker than Your Average,” released via Atlantic in 2002.
Ngl, I would thrift this dude’s jacket.

Sydney N. Sweeney is a writer, editor, and critic based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on culture, music, identity, and pop nostalgia.