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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 with white dolls like Barbies. Since their launch seven years ago, Queen and Princess dolls have become so popular that Okoya is selling, as he claims, 6,000 to 9,000 dolls per month, and has gained about 10-15 percent of the market. But perhaps his biggest victory? The dolls are easily outselling their Barbie counterparts being sold by Mattel. Keep reading »

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 creepiest. Although I suppose if you’re an “AHS” fan with a doll collection, this is probably right up your alley. See a few more of the dolls after the jump! [Entertainment Earth via ONTD] Keep reading »

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.

And I do have many questions after seeing the latest episode featuring 48-year-old Cat, a woman who is in a relationship with a plastic doll named Volo.

“He’s my best friend, he’s my soul mate. Some people meditate, some people take Xanax, I have Volo,” explains Cat. A very bold assertion indeed. Keep reading »

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

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Meet Melissa

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 (owned by Mattel) for a doll like her: a girl who is disabled.  Keep reading »

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

It's Like Reliving Your Childhood ... Sort Of

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 other day, my boyfriend and I passed by the store and I couldn’t resist forcing him inside to revisit my childhood as he balked in horror at why any child could possibly need $80 “party sets” of plastic food and $120 “down comforters” for their dolls’ beds. Conan O’Brien was let loose in the Los Angeles store this week, and his reaction was pretty similar. Try not to hyperventilate from laughing at his too-real take on your childhood obsession. [CNN]

Covering Up Naked, Immodest Barbies Is Apparently A Thing

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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 Barbies!!! Tutorial” on Pinterest, assuming it would be yet another pin about how to make DIY doll clothes for American Girl dolls, Bitty Babies, or Barbies. Then I noticed the hashtag #modest. Keep reading »

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