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Feel Good Friday: The ‘make-under’ of Bratz dolls

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
January 23rd, 2015
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I recently embarked on a cleaning rampage of my kid’s toy room. I’m not quite sure what triggered me to perform this ridiculous task, but before I knew it I was up to my eyeballs in trucks, plastic food and rock-hard, half-eaten bits of English muffin.

I started in the Barbie drawer. Oh, the Barbie drawer. I’m not quite sure why they felt it necessary to completely strip off each Barbie but let me tell you, it looked like an orgy gone awry in there. It was a sea of naked arms, legs, breasts, neuter-bits and dishevelled hair.

Whilst sitting there for about an hour and a half, trying to restore their dignity by re-dressing them and combing out their sex-hair, I took a long hard look at Barbie. And I started to resent her. Actually, I started to resent Mattel.

Barbie will be celebrating her 56th birthday this year. Throughout those years, she has undertaken a multitude of professions – a doctor, a rock star, an athlete, model, race car driver and computer engineer, just to name a few.

She is a high achiever and I love this about her. I love that she is setting a great example to young kids, particularly girls, that they can be whatever they want to be. If Barbie can, they can, right?

If their little aspirations are to be just like Barbie, it’s likely this carries over to Barbie’s appearance, which has remained pretty unchanged over the years. Her ridiculous proportions (her waist is 19 inches, the same as her head circumference) and super heavy make up can’t be setting a good example, can it?

The frosty shadow has to go. So do the brassy blonde locks and lollipop pink lips. She needs a fresh face.

A genius named Sonia Singh, from Tasmania, has done just this with the wildly popular Bratz dolls. “Rescuing and rehabilitating” them from op shops around Tassie, Sonia re-paints their faces by hand, moulds new shoes for them and dresses them in designs made by her mum.

The results are something I would much rather my kids playing with….a doll that looks like someone they can relate to. A doll that looks like them.

Have a look at these awesome extreme make-unders…

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