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  These are not your Grandmother’s porcelain collectibles. Artist Jessica Harrison has created a new series of iconic porcelain figurines. Her new body of sculptural work features romanticized women in pastel ball gowns with tattoos covering their bodies. From neck to wrist, each woman is covered in ornate body artwork. Harrison has featured similar figurines in her work before, however, in a much more morbid light. The Scotland-based artist ... Read More
  In Barbie Birth, the maternity photographer Katie Moore invites us into a private moment in the life of the iconic doll: the birth of her child. Following the plastic princess from the moment she goes into labor to her first breastfeeding session, the photographs read like an eerily polished family photo album. Ken and Nurse Barbie aid the birthing doll as she goes through her home birthing process; all three never break their ... Read More
  A few days ago, the Facebook page Plus Size Modeling asked the social network this question: “Should you companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” For those in favor, the page offers the “like” button; those against the toy are encouraged to comment. Accompanying the question is a Photoshopped illustration of a potential plus-sized Barbie (one that does not exist), wearing the familiar pink halter dress and sporting ... Read More
Now here’s a petition we can get behind! 10-year-old Melissa Shang, along with her older sister (Huffington Post’s YingYing Shang), is asking for American Girl to release a differently abled doll. Melissa, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has been an avid fan of the dolls for years. Her favorite collection of dolls are the Girl of the Year dolls. “Every year,” Melissa wrote, “American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a ... Read More
  As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly As children, dolls can be physical manifestations of our most intimate fantasy worlds. We can develop entire histories and personalities for our dolls, and they can help us to navigate the adult world. As we grow, we similarly idolize and identify with authors and fictional characters. The women writers whose work survives to today remind us that we’re not alone, that another woman somewhere understood our feelings about being ... Read More
  The photographer Lauren Poor can rarely be contained by the medium of photography; she builds monuments to fairy worlds, and she’s even turned her own apartment into a magical universe all its own. In her recent series Shrines, she examines the intersection of photography and fantasy, reconstructing visions from her own childhood dreams. Through the use of painting, dolls, and costuming, Poor is able to transcend the photographic and enter into a ... Read More
  As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it ... Read More
When the American Girl catalog would enter my household, I’d page through the overpriced accessories with glee.  I had Kirsten, because I was vaguely blonde-ish, and she was my very best friend. We slept in the same bed every night, we joined my swim club’s American Girl Club and dressed in the same clothes (yup, I was the unfortunate child who was a Swedish pioneer for Halloween). Eventually she grew up and had to get her own miniature bed, which ... Read More
From the moment I saw I Was Told There’d Be Cake on the bookshelf, I knew Sloane Crosley was a girl after my heart and taste buds. As a 17 year-old, I have looked to my fellow New Yorker’s escapades as letters from an imaginary older sister. Although I am interested in a career as a style journalist, I also am very interested in keeping up with all of my mini-essays that I hash out in my own diary. Sloane herself is part ... Read More
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