Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Barbies A Little Closer To Real People


For years Barbie and other doll brands have rarely reflected anything close to ethnic diversity, but for the last ten years there has been an extraordinary designer, Loanne Hizo Ostlie, who takes those same dolls and modifies them with extraordinary attention to detail. For the horndogs out there, she even created a spectacular little mermaid, photographed topless in one of the photos you can see. [No, not here.] On the other hand I didn't find any male action figures with full monties on display.

Check out the gallery HERE. 

Click on all the different brands of dolls [Barbie, Kelly, Skipper, etc.] to see the variety of ethnicities she has created. Her Ken doll transformations are also interesting, but, except for a few, I thought most of the "boys" looked like variations on Adam Lambert, Lance Bass, et al. But that's just me.


Remo said...

I suppose Mattel makes what people buy and people buy what Mattel makes. Capitalism is an unforgiving master and quickly separates the wheat from the chaff.

I'm still waiting for the Anglo version of Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworths.

Jeannette said...

The dolls you showed are very pretty.