Wouldn’t you though?
I came across this the other day and thought it was so subversive and clever and slightly bonkers that I had to show it to you. Australian artist and mother of one Sonia Singh, from Tasmania, rummage in second-hand shops for the OTT glam Bratz dolls, and then spends hours giving each one a new pared-back image.
So the puffy lips and over-made up eyes and brows are carefully repainted using natural shades, and the revealing clothes are replaced by knitted cardis and country footwear.
From the trollop on the left, to the natural beauty on the right!
The shoes are a bit reminiscent of those verruca socks kids wore in the swimming pool in the 70s and yet they’re still strangely alluring.
My favourite pic is the one below – about as far removed as you can get from the artificial look of the Bratz dolls, and gratifyingly in denim dungaries (very on-trend for SS15 as it happens – well she can’t be a total hillbilly!).
At a time when Barbie’s sales are falling off the cliff (down 21% in the last few months), and many more women are mobilising against ridiculousness of Page 3, Sonia’s onto something I reckon. If we don’t like the way we’re being presented to the world, and on a micro level to our children (not just daughters – boys need to realise the sum of women aren’t boobs in newspapers and cemented on make up too), guess what? We can go do something about it.