Now, artist Wendy Tsao has taken it a step further by removing the makeup from fashion dolls and transforming them into real-life role models! Until that day comes, pioneers like Wendy Tsao, Sonia Singh and even Lammily's creator Nickolay Lamm will continue to provide these important toys for children to play with to get familiarized with a better idea of what real women look like, and accomplish.
From Malala Yousafzai to my personal favorite, Jane Goodall, Tsao has recreated five different dolls complete with clothing to take on the image of a prominent woman hero. Tsao writes on her website that she will be auctioning off her one-of-a-kind dolls on e Bay, and is willing to do commissioned work. During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever.
Until you really stop and look at the fashion doll's faces in this context, it is kind of crazy how desensitized we are to the amount of makeup is placed on them.
Here are some photos of the girls, my niece and two daughters, I made these dresses for Christmas, you will notice that I added two lines of ruffle to the bottom of them.
Choice is good, but instead of fashions being one size fits all, they are one size fits…some? Actually, it’s still nowhere near that complicated, but but we’ll get to that later. As far as getting clothes to fit, the biggest difference is her boyish figure.
Remember Sonia Singh’s Tree Change Dolls that removed the makeup from fashion dolls and repainted them to look like real girls? Instead of perpetuating beauty ideals through dolls, more big toy manufacturers should start creating natural looking role models.
I’ve mentioned before that variation of 1cm or less at this size can usually be taken care of by adjusting the back closure. Petite Barbie, whose measurements are all 1 cm or less different, you should be able to use the same clothes and patterns but overlap/take in the back closure slightly.
Tall Barbie, whose waist measurement is over 1 cm different, will probably have trouble with non-stretchy Barbie dresses and non-stretchy tops.
Malala Yousafzai, international hero and champion for the education of girls and women. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist. This means that from an impressionable age, children are learning from toys, which is why a fashion doll's face full of makeup is kind of disturbing.
Waris Dirie, Somali model, actress and UN Special Ambassador to fight against female genital mutilation. The National Association for the education of Young Children reports that 90 percent of preschool children's play involves toys.
Petite Barbie has a slightly shorter torso and legs. She has less of an hourglass figure, but is not very differently shaped/proportioned to regular Barbie.