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This Artist Makes Amazing Dolls of Women Girls Should Actually Admire

posted: 10/13/15
by: TLCme
malala bratz doll
Wendy Tsao

There are many popular dolls for young girls, but are they the best roll models? Eh, maybe not. Which is why it's cool that a crop of DIY doll makers has decided to try and beat the utterly thin, unrealistic doll at her own game. The latest cool doll competitor is Vancouver-based Wendy Tsao, who makes dolls under the moniker Child's Own Studio.

Tsao's process is fascinating. She takes traditional dolls and then totally transforms them into female heroines. It's surprisingly easy, she says. "Each of the pre-owned dolls has been washed with hot water and soap," she writes on her blog. "Brushing their hair and dressing them in their new clothes bring back memories of forgotten childhood play. I enjoy designing their clothes and knitting their little tops, and I like seeing their personalities emerge as I paint their faces." Some of Child's Own Studio's dolls include activist Malala Yousafzai, author J.K. Rowling, and model Waris Dirie. Below is her version of Jane Goodall.

"You know how we 'outgrow' our Bratz dolls or Disney princess dolls? It's hard to imagine feeling the same way about Malala Yousafzai. Can you outgrow Malala?" she told BuzzFeed.

So far, Tsao's only made a few dolls, and will be auctioning them off on eBay in a few weeks. She does accept commissions, but she's hoping to encourage others to do this on their own.