It is a long time ago when our dolls had innocent, childlike faces like little girls. If you look closely, many of the dolls show little girls a very sexualized image of women. Ultra make-up and pulpy lips, these dolls are unnatural.
For 2 dollars, this Australian artist and scientist buys dolls from second-hand dealers and offers them an extreme makeover. She gets a nail polish remover for the make-up removal session and repaints their facial features with precision. The change is worth the look!
Their smiles become more natural, their eyes too and their features are no longer disproportionate. The clothes are also not the same. Handmade, they have nothing to do with the heels and tight pants that toymakers’ dolls used to wear. This time they are not trying to look like shallow adults: “I hand-paint the dolls’ faces, I make new shoes for them, and my mommy sews and knits them clothes. My sisters and I grew up playing with used dolls and homemade toys in the natural environment of beautiful Tasmania.” explains Sonia Singh, to BoredPanda.
This brings us closer to reality; many little girls will be able to identify more with Sonia Singh’s adorable dolls.
Modern and far from an omnipresent vulgarity today, these dolls are experiencing a craze that quickly spread on the web. If, at the beginning, it was Sonia Singh’s friends who were asking for her dolls for their children, now some people are on the waiting list (via her Tumblr) to get one. Unbelievable!
This initiative is proof that many consumers are not satisfied with these hypersexualized and superficial dolls, representing one and only one image of women, not necessarily valued.
A nice revenge on the diktats that the consumer society imposes on us, once again. Sonia’s dolls have come a long way because, apart from the Internet users, they never cease to please. This mother even won the final of the international Etsy Design Awards competition! A great step forward, when we know that these dolls can really have a social impact on the toy industry and its consumers.
Sonia Singh donates a portion of the sales made to associations fighting for women’s rights.
A very nice initiative, liberating and necessary. That’s why we hope for a long life to these adorable little dolls!