Television, movies and advertisements are often cited as factors that influence the self-esteems of young girls throughout the world. Some even say that the toys girls play with as they’re growing up also contribute to the image they form of their bodies, as well as the image the construct of women’s roles in the world today. And artist Wendy Tsao is working to change the perception girls receive from their toys one doll at a time.
Cue the Mighty Dolls project, an endeavor which the Huffington Post says takes Bratz dolls and transforms them into inspirational female figures. To do this, Tsao “removes Bratz dolls’ makeup and repaints them” to resemble her muses, who range from J.K Rowling to Malala Yousafzai to Jane Goodall.
Tsao explained to the Huffington Post that artist Sonja Singh, who “upcycles” and give a “make-under” to dolls for Tree Change Dolls, inspired her work.
Sharing that she has been “overwhelmed” by the response to her dolls, Tsao said that people are passionate about her project: “Many people feel strongly about these dolls and what they represent.”
And rightfully so. Thank you, Wendy Tsao, for reconstructing the image of what women are and what they can be for young girls all over the world.