Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here. Like a lot of women, I have a love-hate relationship with Barbie. In her current incarnation, she is a stripper image of femininity that, in addition to being a bad role model for girls, is just, well, tasteless. But then I'll see a retro Barbie from the 60s and I flip for her exaggerated glamour. In the spirit of the latter, I wanted to share these repainted dolls by Noel Cruz. Noel takes your average fashion doll, like Barbie, removes the factory paint, and repaints the features. After a wardrobe change, the dolls are reborn as some favorite film characters, like this Miranda Priestly doll. Love the wardrobe, and how he managed to capture the essence of Meryl Streep's features (albeit in a streamlined Barbie way).
And he has a slew of actressy dolls too, like this dreamy Nicole Kidman. I could bore my daughter to tears with this one, acting out scenes from Cold Mountain all day.
Noel has loads of other characters and celebrities he's created, all one of a kind. Some are better than others, but all inspire loads more imagination than those fashionista Barbies out there, no?