Finding Our Inner Dolls

Initially when I discovered Sonja Singh’s Tree Change Dolls™, I found that there was a real controversy behind a line of dolls which considered to be too sexy for some people’s taste. I then wanted to take some time to explore further how the idea that dolls can at time impact how women see themselves as less than fair comparisons are sometimes made.

I am familiar with the notion that sometimes toys can also become a source of comfort and meaning for children as well as adults. The dolls that we see in toy stores, these days are often licensed to Disney™ characters or even the heroines of some Hollywood mega movies which actually capitalize on fantasy, yet are indeed fictional characters to young consumers. Here are some real-life people who are heroes as well, with some great and inspiring stories of courage, strength, and characteristics which set them apart.  Could children really learn about and actually be inspired by dolls?

In this recent project, an artist has repainted as well as reclothed these dolls into the actual likeness of real and inspiring women, but as young girls. It would warm my heart for my child to enjoy a young J.K. Rowling or even a Malala and have meaningful conversations about them. What inspiring people from the past or present would you enjoy seeing reformatted as a doll?

Malala Yousafzai

 1934-, British primatologist, UN Messenger of Peace

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