You may have heard of Sonia Singh’s Tree Change dolls, Bratz dolls that had their heavy makeup wiped off and given a natural “makeunder” to look like actual little girls.
Following the immense popularity of those dolls, which often sold on Etsy just minutes after they were listed, another artist is giving Bratz a whole new interpretation: the likenesses of famous, powerful, inspirational women.
Wendy Tsao is the artist behind Mighty Dolls, a line of Bratz dolls she “made under” to look like the women Tsao admires. Previous to this project, Tsao ran a company called Child’s Own Studio, which created soft toys out of the illustrations children drew. Her next project is gaining as much attention as her first.
Tsao was inspired by Singh to get ahold of her own collection of rejected Bratz dolls, and repurpose them into a child’s toy that is much more inspirational. She is of the mind that toys for little girls aren’t providing much confidence and a healthy sense of identity, and one glance at normal dolls for girls makes it easy to see why.
Barbies have their crazy proportions to deal with, and their super-slim bodies, but Bratz are perhaps the worst offenders. With huge heads, tiny bodies, globs of makeup, and the mean-girl persona, Bratz are hardly indicative of healthy body image. And even if you argue that Bratz dolls and other similar toys aren’t causing damage, they certainly aren’t providing inspiration.
The Mighty Dolls seek to change that.
Tsao told Seventeen:
“I wonder if a child who plays with a doll of someone who is a real person who did some amazing things when they grow up might think more about real-life things and appreciate more the real potential that lies within all of us, than when she or he plays with say, a Disney character or Bratz doll. Perhaps a child can’t appreciate these role models, because these women are famous adults. Maybe we need to show children that these remarkable women were once children, too. And that everyone has potential.”
Tsao has drawn inspiration from “empowering” women through the ages to make her dolls. Her line includes Malala Yousafzai, Jane Goodall, JK Rowling, and Roberta Bondar, among others.
The dolls have gained so much popularity that Tsao is planning to auction off her creations on eBay in a “couple weeks.” Check her website to keep track of these beautiful creations!