Frustrated at the overly sexualised appearance of Bratz dolls, artist Sonia Singh decided to give the toys a much-needed makeover – or should I say, makeunder?
In 2015, the artist from Tasmania started the Tree Change Dolls project to address the unhealthy expectations little girls get from their dolls. It involves sourcing used toys from secondhand shops and giving the glamourous dolls a more natural look. This means repainting the faces, sewing new clothes, and even re-conditioning the hair.
The result? Bratz dolls that actually look like the 12-year-old girls they’re marketed to.
“My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment,” said Singh. “I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life.”
You can buy the Tree Change Dolls over on Singh’s Etsy store.