Mother accuses Matalan of making mixed-race character look white

Mother accuses Matalan of making mixed-race cartoon character Nella the Princess Knight look white on a set of £10 children’s pyjamas

  • Nekeshia Bentley accuses clothing retailer Matalan of turning character white 
  • The mother, of Reading, Berkshire, was horrified when she saw the £10 pyjamas
  • She claims the mixed raced character Nella is given lighter skin on the clothing
  • Ms Bentley said it is ‘out of order’ and Matalan  should explain the images  

A mother has accused clothing retailer Matalan of turning a mixed race cartoon character white on children’s pyjamas.

Nekeshia Bentley, from Reading, Berkshire, was horrified when she saw the TV princess given lighter skin on the £10 item.

The Nickelodeon character, which was launched last year, has a black father and a white mother in her storyline.

Ms Bentley said, 29. said: ‘It’s either a massive mistake or a case of sub-conscious racism.

Nekeshia Bentley, from Reading, Berkshire, was horrified when she saw the TV princess given lighter skin on the £10 item (pictured)

‘Either way it is out of order.

‘My daughter loves Nella. She watches the show all the time and pretends to be Nella, trying to do everything she does.

‘She is a good, strong model. I’ve no idea why Matalan whitened the character – they need to explain. 

‘I thought it may have been the way it looked on the website, but it was the same in the shop — she looked white.’

The Nickelodeon character (pictured) which was launched last year, has a black father and a white mother in her storyline


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Nickelodeon said it made her mixed race because it was ‘representative of what the world looks like to kids today,’ The Sun reports.

The hit TV show follows Nella as she turns in the ‘princess knight’ and saves the people who live in her parent’s kingdom.

Ms Bentley added: ‘Both Nyemah and I are black British Caribbean. 

‘She has toys of all ethnicities but she gravitates towards toys that look like her.’

MailOnline has contacted Matalan for comment. 

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