Dear Mattel: This Is How How You Make Barbie More Diverse

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Feministing points us toward doll-maker Loanne Hizo Ostlie, who has been creating modified Barbies for over a decade. Over at her site, Tabloach Productions, her modifications of Barbie (and long neglected Skipper) are amazingly detailed... and stunningly diverse.

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Many of Ostlie's creations feature shorter hair, textured hair, or curly hair - a hard thing to get right, but the effect comes through beautifully.

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The features and styles used on some of the dolls defy easy racial categorization.

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Some of the dolls look like they are modeled on women from the real world.

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Am I the only one that thinks this doll looks like Brandy?

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Oh wait a sec - there was a Brandy doll! And it looks true to life! What did Mattel do, say "fuck this mold" when they were done and lock it away somewhere?

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I used to wear a very similar style when I was a child - big, thick braids, though I am sure if I had this doll, I would have begged my mother for this twist style.

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This pixie-esque curly do is really cute!

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Loving the highly textured hair as well as the skin tone.

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Could this be the first genderqueer doll? It's certainly the first one I've seen - and I have a friend I'd love to gift it to.

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mooncat82
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these are simply wonderful! i wish her site wasn't so slow, i really wanted to see the other dolls she's made. everything about these are wonderful.

i wonder if they fit into matell's barbie clothes? dressing up my barbie was always my favorite part as a girl. my barbies had a large tuperware full of clothes and shoes for every occasion. she was a princess-surfer-ice skater-lawyer-vet-astronaut. #loannehizoostlie