Think of one coloring book centered around a puffy-haired character of a darker hue. Can you think of any? I sure could not. When I was a little girl, all that were presented to me were the complete opposite.
I was raised being exposed to infamous, lovable characters like Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderalla, Snow White, Tinkerbelle and a countless amount of other characters that I looked nothing like. These characters were all over television and graced various products in stores.
Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, thanks to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child. I want her to feel free to be herself inside and out.
I first resorted to only buying her books that contained non-human characters, but thanks to family members, she would still received books with human characters that she did not relate to. Rather than having her throw those books away, I taught her how to alter the lines into something that she could relate to.
I then realized that there should already be a coloring book with a character that she did not have to alter. So to combat this issue, I created a puffy-haired character named “Miss Zee.” Miss Zee represents my daughter and all the other little girls who are often left out.
The previous link seems to be older, this one works though: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missgee/the-miss-zee-coloring-book-project