Most girls probably have one - the dolls with too much makeup that barely resemble a person, let alone a little girl. Yet, the target audience for these dolls are little girls who are developing their own sense of who they are and are often influenced by their toys, media and marketing.
One Australian mother started purchasing these dolls at secondhand stores and found a way to recycle them into something pretty amazing. Sonia Singh removes the makeup - including the dramatic eyes - from the doll's faces and then repaints a "more down-to-earth, natural-looking style," which creates a much more relatable face. Her mom helps by hand knitting doll clothes. The results are beautiful.
She posted a photo gallery of her dolls posing in her garden on Facebook just to show her friends and from there, it exploded. It seems everyone wants these redone dolls, even though Singh had no intentions of making it into a business. "I've just been overwhelmed with, "can I order your dolls?" and there was only 12 of them," she said. But, it went viral spawning discussions about the sexualization of dolls.
"I'm not a doll manufacturer. I don't want to be. But, if what I've done does influence some of the big toy companies out there and makes them rethink the kind of dolls they're putting out on the market, I don't think that would be a bad thing at all." I'm sure most of us agree.
Singh isn't the only person concerned with dolls' appearances to make a difference. Watch how these second graders react to a more realistically figured doll.
Regardless of outside influences, it is our responsibility to teach our children to know what true beauty is, and that it comes from the inside. Read "Beauty inside and out" for some important lessons every child needs to hear.