Tree Change Dolls: Transforming the Lives of Girls Everywhere
If you've ever wondered what Bratz dolls looked like before plastic surgery, check out Sonia Singh's Tree Change Dolls on Etsy (if you can find them). Sonia buys Bratz dolls from second-hand shops and completely transforms them into beautiful girl-next-door dolls that reflect an earthy new-wave ethos more comfortable at your local co-op than on the cover of a tween magazine. From removing their make-up to shrinking their eyes to normal size, these dolls have normal proportions and wear normal clothes.
Rather than the hyper-sexualized mainstream market dolls found at big box stores around the country, Tree Change Dolls seem like happy, well adjusted kids who are eager to learn and in touch with their environment. Not a bad message to send to the next generation of young women, ready to meet the challenges of the modern world.
While Sonia's hand-made marvels quickly sell out of Etsy, there are dozens of imitators eager to cash in on the new trend of dolls made-under. From Ebay and Amazon to Craigslist and Etsy, dozens of artisans are transforming the image young women have of beauty. Interestingly, the appeal of these dolls lies heavily in their transformation. Rather than being manufactured by big conglomerates, these dolls are recycled, reclaimed, and revitalized by women who have taken back the narrative a girl's development into a woman.
In twenty years, when today's girls become tomorrow's women, those women might just remember the first step they took in transforming their destiny. Stop by your local second-hand shop or find a Bratz doll online and you can create your own vision of tomorrow's woman.