The First Imani!
This is the first Imani done by Olmec Toys.
I have post the second version of the doll in an
earlier post. This first head sculpt was supposed to look
like the company’s owner- Yla Eason.
Close-up --A little scary. Second version had a better
Owner Yla Eason
To me it vaguely looks like her but it doesn’t really
capture her beauty. (I guess I would say the same about
Mattel’s and Hasbro scary version Beyonce too along
with several celebrity dolls.)
Often when you send an item out of the country for
reproduction, it doesn’t come back the way you expected.
With the cost of manufacturing, sometimes you most
except it and move on.
Naomi was the original name given to this 11-1/2-inch
fashion doll made by Olmec in 1988. There were some
legal problems regarding the name and it was then
changed to Ellisse in 1989. The name then change to
Imani but used the same head sculpt in the early 1990’.
This company is no longer in business. Some of the
websites containing information about the company
are no longer posted but if you look you can find some
info. If you are interested in the male dolls please visit
my post on Olmec Men.