(Bratz later said the focus of the dolls is friendship and “a passion for fashion,” and that they are actually intended for girls aged 10 to 18. To which we say, show us one 18-year-old with a Bratz doll.)
“Bratz dolls come dressed in sexualized clothing such as miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas,” the American Psychological Association wrote in a 2007 report. “Although these dolls may present no more sexualization of girls or women than is seen in MTV videos, it is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.”
One Australian artist is setting out to change that, one Bratz doll at a time, by giving them drastic make-under. “These lil fashion dolls have opted for a ‘tree change,’ swapping high-maintenance glitz 'n' glamour for down-to-earth style,” the artist explains.
When examining a Bratz doll, you might notice the toy resembles a weirdly sexy lady-alien with plumped-up lips rather than the 12-year-old girl she is marketed to.