Day 8: Artist Transforms Bratz Dolls Into Real Heroines
I came across this great story about an artist named Wendy Tsao who transformed Bratz dolls into real heroines. She removes the makeup from the dolls and gives them new outfits, turning them into well-known female figures as young girls. She calls them “Mighty Dolls,” which I think is a great name. Tsao shares her inspiration for these dolls on Bored Panda:
Through my work in Child’s Own Studio, I am familiar with the notion that toys can become a source of comfort, pride and meaning for a child (and even adults). The dolls we find in toy stores today are often licensed Disney™ characters or the heroines of Hollywood blockbuster movies that capitalize on the pull of fantasy, fictional characters to young consumers. But there are real-life people who are heroes too, with inspiring stories of courage, intelligence, strength and uniqueness. Could children learn about and be inspired by them through toys?…As a parent, I’d love for my child to play with a young J.K. Rowling or Malala and have conversations about them.
I think it would be very impactful for a young girl to learn about women like Malala and Frida Kahlo. I have a little niece who was just born, and though she lives in Vancouver, I would love to one day give her a doll like this and tell her about these inspiring women.
Mexican painter (If you don’t know anything about her or her work, look her up. Her life story is incredible. I find her really inspiring.)
British primatologist, UN Messenger of Peace
Pakistani activist, youngest Nobel Prize laureate
Somali model, author, social activist
First Canadian female astronaut
British novelist best known for Harry Potter series