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I Desexualize And Repaint Second-Hand Fashion Dolls To Look Like Real-Life Women
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I Desexualize And Repaint Second-Hand Fashion Dolls To Look Like Real-Life Women

As a young girl, I have always felt that I could not relate to the dolls I was given to play with, so I would end up making my own cute dolls using plasticine or clay. In my creative works, later on in life, I have added clay to fashion dolls to enlarge them in my “Barb Plus More” art projects. I would cast their reliefs onto walls in plaster or mold them into silicon rubber to make dolls of various body types. These projects focused on the subject of the “Body Beautiful” and what was accepted in the world we live in. I wonder if I had a doll that resembled a real girl when I was young, whether I still would have grown up with a low impression of my body shape, which made me yoyo diet all my life?

Desexualizing, upcycling, and repainting fashion dolls has been something I am passionate about. I customize each old doll to resemble the person they are commissioned for and even add birthmarks or scars on the doll, helping the child to accept the marks on their body that define each one’s individuality. I have also been known to add sculpted prosthetic limbs to dismembered dolls, so no discarded doll gets left unloved!

With up-cycling second-hand dolls, I am able to marry all my skills into one project and transform these little discarded toys, from head to toe, into the true and REAL beauties they deserve to be.

It is a pure delight working on these dolls for girls. After their original faces are wiped off using acetone and re-painted, their individual characters come to life, which makes them all one of a kind and a special gift for any child who wants a toy they can relate to.

Materials used on the faces of these repainted dolls are watercolor pencils and acrylic paint which is then sealed with non-toxic varnish. The shoes are detachable, hand-painted, resin casts made from molds of sculpted shoes or feet, to fit the Bratz or Moxy doll. Their clothing has been specially made to fit the realistic dolls perfectly and is 100% cotton. Collaborated with “Sunny House Craft” on some of the outfits.

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Bee Real Dolls

Group shot of some of the girls before they headed off to their new homes.

Victoria Doll

Veronica has little victory rolls and faux fringe. Well the hair, this was a challenge to get smooth! I had to boil wash and comb repeatedly a few times to loosen up the matted hair than when it was at a workable stage, I then set the hair in small rollers. She also has a pretty, vintage-inspired, buttoned-up dress with handmade yellow shoes.

Christina

Christina has stunning green eyes and golden brown Mohair which was boil washed to achieve the style she has now. She has a pretty little red, polka dot top, white floral cotton dress with blue buttons at the back. Her shoes are handmade casts then painted red using acrylic paint.

Betty

Betty has golden blonde, wavy hair with her hair twisted back into a ponytail and has little victory rolls in the front. The hair was boil washed to create the style it’s in now. She has an adorable gingham, button-up top, denim skirt with buttons at the back, and handmade shoes.

Aida

Aida has pretty afro hair, put into bunches with ribbons. The hair was boil permed using pipe cleaners to create the style it’s in now. She also has a sunny dress with handmade red shoes with lacy socks.

Maria

Maria has red-brown, straight hair with her hair brought back at the top. The hair was boil washed to create the style it’s in now. She also has 2 cute outfits, a little dress with crochet top, knee-high jeans and red polka dot top and handmade shoes.

Rose

Rose has gorgeous wavy golden hair. The hair was boil permed to control the style it’s in now. She also has a beautiful white, lace ballet dress with pale pink netting, a crochet pink cardigan with pearl buttons, handmade ballet slippers.

Elsie

Elsie has brown, straight hair with her hair brought back into a bun at the top with ribbon and has a little victory roll in the front. The hair was boil washed to create the style it’s in now. She has a little pink, polka dot dress with peter pan collar and handmade shoes.

Ella

Ella has pretty golden, wavy hair, put into a low ponytail with ribbon. The hair was boil permed to create the style it’s in now. She also has a sunny dress with added netting underskirt to give it more puff and handmade yellow shoes painted like sling backs.

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Angelina

Angelina has brown eyes and ashy brown, straight hair which was boil washed to achieve the style she has now. She has a fetching, 50’s inspired, red halter neck, cotton dress with black polka dots. Her shoes are handmade casts then painted black with white polka dots using acrylic paint.

Sylvie

Their little characters come through whilst re-painting each doll, I have no planning for them, just start with their eye shape, and there I go. Sylvie has gorgeous straight golden hair. The hair was boil washed then a fishtail pleat was added to the style it’s in now. She also has a cutesy cupcake print, ballet skirt with pale pink netting, a crochet purple cardigan with buttons, handmade ballet slippers. Oh and a little pink, crochet knickers also as her skirt is quite short!

Becky

Day out on the beach in Cornwall

The Spanish triplets having fun on their holiday, on the beach in Hayle, Cornwall.

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MicheleHackler
Community Member
6 years ago

Much prettier than the originals, and I love their outfits too!

PollyFox
Community Member
6 years ago

Very reassuring to see how the sexualisation of the dolls can be removed

AnnaSalerno
Community Member
6 years ago

It is heart breaking to see how sexualized the toy companies are. Kudos to this artist who saw this medium for her much appreciated art!

Baked_Potato
Community Member
6 years ago

How do you remove the paint from the original dolls? Just curious:)

ALPecia
Community Member
6 years ago

This woman is an inspiration for me,a modern renaissance artist,if there's an idea that needs to be pushed,worked and developed with intense commitment this artist can achieve absolutely amazing and beautiful results in which ever medium. Keep on keeping on and thank you for all that you do.

Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover
Community Member
2 years ago

These are all so amazing, and unique! I was never used to play with dolls, because they looked so bleuh. This is incredible! You are amazing!

LisaSmithson
Community Member
6 years ago

I consider this adapting the dolls to reality, not desexualizing them. By calling it 'desexualizing', you are stating that its all right to sexualize women based on their choice of make and clothing - bad/sexual = big & bold & shiny, good/not sexual = meek & mild & 50's feminine. If you want to 'desexualize' these dolls, their gender should not be apparent. Call this what it is - altered art, mixed media, whatever. Just don't try to pass it off as positive body promoting because it body shames just as much as the actual dolls.

ÖliviaSchaber
Community Member
6 years ago

They're beautiful! Wish I had a daughter to give one to.

CleverFool
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, a son or non-binary child would probably play with a doll,too.

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Santa
Community Member
6 years ago

So excellent!

AshleyHunter
Community Member
6 years ago

You did an AMAZING job!

CatMoore
Community Member
6 years ago

I think they are much more beautiful sweet and innocent when you've finished with them they looked like those tacky kardashian's beforehand

MarlyseCarroll
Community Member
6 years ago

Great idea and beautiful work.

LaetitiaConan
Community Member
6 years ago

even if your work is well done, i think you should tell that CHANGE TREE DOLL made it before ! (and not to make benefits on it! )

Community Member
6 years ago

I do mention Tree change in the 'about' info on my Facebook page and don't solely benefit from my dolls as I donate some of the proceeds to charity.

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LaetitiaConan
Community Member
6 years ago

even if your work is really well done, i think you should tell that CHANGE TREE DOLL made it before you !!! (and not to make benfit on it! )

KathleenYork
Community Member
6 years ago

What beautiful work she has done! Wow, these dolls are awesome!!

MollyValentine
Community Member
6 years ago

Are you selling them?

Annie
Community Member
6 years ago

Very stunning. I would be Christina, maybe. But all of them are gorgeous so as they don't load themselves with truckloads of makeup.

SophieCohen
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

AnneStevens
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant, much better role models for little girls

ToneRamirez
Community Member
6 years ago

The black girl has blue eyes? Black is beautiful, brown eyes are beautiful.

Community Member
6 years ago

Her eyes are green hazel not blue. :)

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Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

They are so beautiful without make-up, hairstyles, and other "drugs". They are natural, and almost human like. Great work! ;)

Randomperson
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this! I think all children's dolls should be like this.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

i love this and want to rush off and do it myself. that's how much i like. of course, i wouldnt actually do.:)

Community Member
6 years ago

Go for it and have a go at re-painting Karenza, that's the point of this post, to inspire fellow artists to get involved in the cause. Let's make dolls that will make the right impression on the children. Have fun doing it.

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MaikeHoffmann
Community Member
6 years ago

wonderful dolls, the vintage inspired ones especially, i haven’t seen any like those before. So much loving detail!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

Very refreshing to see I'm not the only one that cannot stand some of the dolls they make now days. You do really great work!

JoJo
Community Member
4 years ago

they are ruined.

suzemagoo
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a fantastic idea! As a girl (and a budding hardcore realist even then) I rejected dolls and other toys on the very same basis. Now the same needs to be done to the rest of the terrible US culture.

CleverFool
Community Member
6 years ago

So I'm not the only one like that!

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SusanMeade
Community Member
6 years ago

These are wonderful and so affirming for a young girl! I hope you can go commercial and reach more children who are being fed the exaggerated images. We'd love to know how you actually do it!

MicheleHackler
Community Member
6 years ago

Much prettier than the originals, and I love their outfits too!

PollyFox
Community Member
6 years ago

Very reassuring to see how the sexualisation of the dolls can be removed

AnnaSalerno
Community Member
6 years ago

It is heart breaking to see how sexualized the toy companies are. Kudos to this artist who saw this medium for her much appreciated art!

Baked_Potato
Community Member
6 years ago

How do you remove the paint from the original dolls? Just curious:)

ALPecia
Community Member
6 years ago

This woman is an inspiration for me,a modern renaissance artist,if there's an idea that needs to be pushed,worked and developed with intense commitment this artist can achieve absolutely amazing and beautiful results in which ever medium. Keep on keeping on and thank you for all that you do.

Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover
Community Member
2 years ago

These are all so amazing, and unique! I was never used to play with dolls, because they looked so bleuh. This is incredible! You are amazing!

LisaSmithson
Community Member
6 years ago

I consider this adapting the dolls to reality, not desexualizing them. By calling it 'desexualizing', you are stating that its all right to sexualize women based on their choice of make and clothing - bad/sexual = big & bold & shiny, good/not sexual = meek & mild & 50's feminine. If you want to 'desexualize' these dolls, their gender should not be apparent. Call this what it is - altered art, mixed media, whatever. Just don't try to pass it off as positive body promoting because it body shames just as much as the actual dolls.

ÖliviaSchaber
Community Member
6 years ago

They're beautiful! Wish I had a daughter to give one to.

CleverFool
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, a son or non-binary child would probably play with a doll,too.

Load More Replies...
Santa
Community Member
6 years ago

So excellent!

AshleyHunter
Community Member
6 years ago

You did an AMAZING job!

CatMoore
Community Member
6 years ago

I think they are much more beautiful sweet and innocent when you've finished with them they looked like those tacky kardashian's beforehand

MarlyseCarroll
Community Member
6 years ago

Great idea and beautiful work.

LaetitiaConan
Community Member
6 years ago

even if your work is well done, i think you should tell that CHANGE TREE DOLL made it before ! (and not to make benefits on it! )

Community Member
6 years ago

I do mention Tree change in the 'about' info on my Facebook page and don't solely benefit from my dolls as I donate some of the proceeds to charity.

Load More Replies...
LaetitiaConan
Community Member
6 years ago

even if your work is really well done, i think you should tell that CHANGE TREE DOLL made it before you !!! (and not to make benfit on it! )

KathleenYork
Community Member
6 years ago

What beautiful work she has done! Wow, these dolls are awesome!!

MollyValentine
Community Member
6 years ago

Are you selling them?

Annie
Community Member
6 years ago

Very stunning. I would be Christina, maybe. But all of them are gorgeous so as they don't load themselves with truckloads of makeup.

SophieCohen
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

AnneStevens
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant, much better role models for little girls

ToneRamirez
Community Member
6 years ago

The black girl has blue eyes? Black is beautiful, brown eyes are beautiful.

Community Member
6 years ago

Her eyes are green hazel not blue. :)

Load More Replies...
Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

They are so beautiful without make-up, hairstyles, and other "drugs". They are natural, and almost human like. Great work! ;)

Randomperson
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this! I think all children's dolls should be like this.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

i love this and want to rush off and do it myself. that's how much i like. of course, i wouldnt actually do.:)

Community Member
6 years ago

Go for it and have a go at re-painting Karenza, that's the point of this post, to inspire fellow artists to get involved in the cause. Let's make dolls that will make the right impression on the children. Have fun doing it.

Load More Replies...
MaikeHoffmann
Community Member
6 years ago

wonderful dolls, the vintage inspired ones especially, i haven’t seen any like those before. So much loving detail!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

Very refreshing to see I'm not the only one that cannot stand some of the dolls they make now days. You do really great work!

JoJo
Community Member
4 years ago

they are ruined.

suzemagoo
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a fantastic idea! As a girl (and a budding hardcore realist even then) I rejected dolls and other toys on the very same basis. Now the same needs to be done to the rest of the terrible US culture.

CleverFool
Community Member
6 years ago

So I'm not the only one like that!

Load More Replies...
SusanMeade
Community Member
6 years ago

These are wonderful and so affirming for a young girl! I hope you can go commercial and reach more children who are being fed the exaggerated images. We'd love to know how you actually do it!

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