Want Dolls To Look More Realistic To Girls? Check Out The Tree Change Dolls!

One of the problems that has been facing women for years is the unrealistic images we have been faced with all around us. It ties into the poor self-image that many of us have because we don't measure up to the impossible. One woman in Tasmania has taken to adopting old dolls (mostly Bratz dolls) and giving them what she calls a "make under" so that they look more like real girls. She is taking the world by storm.

Sonia Singh and one of her Tree Change Dolls (Image via Facebook)Sonia Singh and one of her Tree Change Dolls (Image via Facebook)

Sonia Singh picks up unwanted and abandoned dolls wherever she can and transforms them. She removes the painted on faces and repaints them in more realistic detail. Hair is tamed and redone. Feet are removed and replaced with more realistic ones. Singh's mother, Silvia Singh, gets in on the act and knits and sews unique clothing for each doll.

Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)

Singh, a scientist, started doing this just for fun after she lost her job last year. She posted pictures of the dolls on her Facebook page a few weeks ago and they started going viral. People immediately began asking how to buy the dolls.

Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)

She also unintentionally sparked a debate on the message we are sending little girls through the toys available to them. Singh's actual intention had been to show that discarded toys can be recycled into like new toys (or better).

Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)

She doesn't mind that the dolls have sparked such a debate since the hyper-sexualization of fashion dolls seems to be a great concern to many parents. She also doesn't see herself becoming a doll manufacturer in the future, but would be pleased if her Tree Change Dolls might make a difference in how toys are made for girls in the future.

Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)

The remade dolls also seem to strike a chord with little girls since the toned-down look makes them more approachable. They look more like someone the girls might actually know and be friends with. These dolls aren't wearing makeup, have thicker eyebrows, and even freckles just like the girls who play with them.

Making a Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)Making a Tree Change Doll (Image via Facebook)

Two of the dolls have already sold on Ebay for more than $500 each. Singh says that $100 of that will be donated to the International Women's Development Agency. Her Etsy page to sell her first batch of 20 dolls will launch this Sunday. There is no word yet on how much each doll will cost. To check out her Etsy page on Sunday, click here.

Singh is not being secretive about her process either. She has made a tutorial video to encourage people to "make under" dolls for themselves. She hopes to hold workshops locally to teach others how to make their own Tree Change Dolls and revive second hand toys.

Sources: 3News, tumblr, Etsy, Facebook

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