Posts tagged "dolls"

These Dolls Are Pushing Barbie Right Out Of Nigeria

The concept of the Western standard of beauty is slowly disintegrating, and in Nigeria, that slow pace is picking up steam, all thanks to a set of dolls. The Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls were created by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya, after he realized that his three daughters were only playing…
By: Beejoli Shah / January 21, 2015

Amazing New GoldieBlox Ad Takes On Beauty Myths, “1984” Style

Kickass girl-empowering toy company GoldieBlox has released a new ad, and this one features Metric's "Help I'm Alive" while brilliantly mimicking Apple's famous "1984" ad. The ad's goal is to shatter the myth perpetuated by dolls that…
By: Claire Hannum / November 8, 2014

Who Wants To Cuddle Up To An “American Horror Story” Rubber Man Doll?

Far be it from me to criticize if what you really want to snuggle up with at night is the Rubber Man from "American Horror Story" season one. All of these Funko Pop dolls are a bit creepy with their big ol' eyes, but the rubber man with that ball gag in his mouth? The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 4, 2014

Can A Doll Really Be Your Soul Mate?

Getting to the heart of why I continue to be riveted by TLC's "My Strange Addiction" (I know I said I would take a break after the dirty diaper sucker, but I just can't!), it makes me ask questions I otherwise would never think to wonder about.
By: Ami Angelowicz / January 24, 2014

10-Year-Old Girl Petitions American Girl For Disabled Doll In A Wheelchair

This is 10-year-old Melissa Shang. In addition to being completely adorable and obsessed with American Girl dolls, Melissa also suffers from muscular dystrophy. She has Charchot-Marie-Tooth disease, which means she cannot feel sensation in her arms, legs, hands and feet and to get around in a wheelchair. Along with her sister YingYing, Melissa is petitioning American Girl…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2014

Watch Conan O’Brien Explore American Girl Place And Ruin Your Childhood Memories

Growing up, I loved American Girl dolls. Didn't we all? The highlight of 4th grade was when my best friend and I got to visit American Girl Place, the refreshingly wholesome but overstimulating doll wonderland that lets kids see all the dolls in real life instead of just pining for them in a catalogue. The…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2013

Covering Up Naked, Immodest Barbies Is Apparently A Thing

There are people who are worried that Barbies give little girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies. Then there are people who are worried that when Barbie's clothes come off, she is naked. Justin and Cassity, the bloggers behind the DIY remodeling blog Remodelaholic*, are those people. I came across their "No More Naked…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

I think I'm a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually "doctor," in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal ("Help! A hippopotamus bit my…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

Is Barbie On The Decline?

Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there's good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll's popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a…
By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

Want A Life-Size Replica Of Yourself? Japan Can Make That Happen

Do you love yourself? How much? Enough to have a lifesized 3-D printed doll made of yourself? Because you can do that now. A place aptly named the Clone Factory, in Tokyo, Japan, says it can make a doll from any human. Are you having nightmares yet? Being an egomaniac does not come cheap, though.
By: Julie Gerstein / May 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing "the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome," Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah's almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

Can Jem And The Holograms Make A Truly Outrageous Comeback With New Dolls From Hasbro?

Jem, the larger, cooler Barbie. At least to me she was. That’s why I’m so excited for this news. Hasbro has made a deal with Integrity Toys for a modern day line of Jem and the Hologram dolls. “Inspired by the TRULY OUTRAGEOUS characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fa…
By: The Mary Sue / October 28, 2012

Sweet Or Creepy? Put Your Daughter’s Face On A Disney Princess Doll

Mommy gets a 3D sonogram — and a couple years later, your precious bundle of joy can place with a Disney princess doll with her own face on it. For $99, Disney will graft the likeness of your child's face on a seven-inch Disney Princess doll. Parents who want to make the sweet/creepy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

Photographer Dina Goldstein Imagines Barbie’s Life If Ken Liked Men

Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called "In The Dollhouse,"…
By: Daley Quinn / June 16, 2012

How Badly Do You Want These “Mad Men” Barbies?

"Mad Men" may be almost done for the season, but fret not! Here's a whole mess of "Mad Men"-inspired Barbie dolls to keep you entertained. No, Mattel hasn't suddenly sanctioned LSD and sex out of wedlock. Artist Michael Williams of MyLifeInPlastic.com dressed each and every one of these old Barbie and Ken dolls (plu…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2012

Barbie Gets An Afro For The Holidays

When I picture Barbie, it's with her signature straight blonde hair, unrealistically perky (and hard) boobs, and undeniably Caucasian skin tone and features. Sure, there's darker-skinned Teresa and, uh, gingery Midge who sported a fetus in her hollowed belly, but they all have distinctly European features and hair. An African-American natural hair group is reclaiming…
By: Rachel Krause / December 13, 2011

Evening Quickies: Kate & Pippa Middleton Are Now Creepy Action Figures

Kate Middleton and little sis Pippa are now creepy (and expensive) action figures. However, I don't think G.I. Joe is going to be too picky. [US Weekly] Chelsea Handler and hotelier Andre Balazs are dunzo. Chelsea, call me! [New York Post] How the Victoria's Secret idea of "sexy" has evolved over…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2011

“Celebrity” Cabbage Patch Kids Equal Parts Random & Terrifying

Show me a little girl who doesn't want a Cabbage Patch Kid doll in the likeness of Al Roker and I'll show you a liar. All small children are just dying to snuggle up with the "Today" show weatherman! They aren't? No? Well, let's hope some deep-pocketed adults do, because someone needs to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2011

Creepy Prince William & Kate Middleton Dolls Will Eat Your Brains While You Sleep

Poor Prince William and Kate Middleton. The pizza with their faces recreated in vegetables was bad, but that's got nothing on these vacant-eyed dolls from the toy company Arklu. A set of William and Kate together in their wedding finery costs $159.95; the Kate doll alone is a cool $79.95. (For some…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2011
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