An artist from Vancouver is following the lead of Sonia Singh’s Tree Change Dolls. Wendy Tsao was inspired by Singh’s initiative to rehabilitate overly sexualized dolls, and she is now exploring further the idea that toys could have an impact on one’s identity.
Back in 2012, Tsao launched Child’s Own Studio, which makes toys inspired by children’s scribbles, and at the moment, she is dedicating her creativity and passion to making manufactured dolls a bit more inspiring.
In her project, Tsao gives makeunders to fictional, hypersexualized characters – by getting rid of their clothing and painting over their makeup – and transforms them into real and inspiring women. And on her list are: Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, J.K. Rowling, Waris Dirie, Roberta Bondar and Jane Goodall.
Tsao says that the dolls we find in toy stores are often licensed Disney characters or the heroines of Hollywood blockbusters, but there are real-life people who have inspiring stories of courage, intelligence, strength and uniqueness. The artist explains that, as a parent, she would love for her child to play with a young J.K. Rowling or Malala and have conversations about them.
Tsao will be auctioning her Mighty Dolls in the next few weeks, and will publish updates on her official website.