Wendy Tsao, an artist from Vancouver, has taken the ubiquitous and heavily made-up Bratz dolls and transformed them into inspirational women. By removing their make-up and changing their outfits (which had often been criticized for being overly sexualized), she turned the dolls into role models, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the first female Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar and British primatologist and UN peace messenger, Jane Goodall. Discussing the toy transformations, Tsao told i100: “I wonder if a child plays with this doll, will she have other conversations with her friends or family about this inspiring person, and think about and learn things that she might not have if she played with say, a Bratz doll or Barbie or Disney character doll.” Tsao plans on auctioning the dolls on eBay soon and is welcoming ideas for new dolls. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bratz doll, anyone?)
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