Today’s feature is so incredibly amazing I was up late, late last night thinking about it and what I would say to do it justice. Madenu Dolls is run by a phenomenally brilliant woman named Tanya out of small town Irma, Alberta.
Anyone that knows me is very aware that there are two toys I despise for my daughters, Bratz dolls and Monster High ANYTHING; they are sleazy looking, overly sexualized, poorly modelled dolls that do absolutely nothing for young girls’ self esteem. What little girl’s doll should look like it’s had botox injections and had her makeup done to go clubbing? Such an immature choice for girls to grow up following. There’s even some Barbie dolls I see that I shake my head at. Don’t even get me started on the clothes they come with.
What Tanya does is she takes all these insanely unrealistic dolls and transforms them into something beautifully natural and positive. She takes them from the hot mess they come out of the box looking like and repaints their faces, redoes their hair, makes them new clothes and gives them a whole new image; something I would be PROUD to give my daughters to play with.
Quoted from Tanya in a feature post by Made Urban, “I loved the idea of taking a used little doll and “restoring” the doll. I have a daughter and I want toys for her to play with that depict the values I believe are important for every little girl to have. I want her to not worry about messy hair when she is running around outside playing and I want her to be wearing comfortable, functional clothing. I want her to know that her identity is not tied to either of those things. I want her to experience the wonder of a child’s imagination that can time travel, talk to butterflies and invent other worlds.” The article is very interesting, swing by and give it a read.
Not only does she change these dolls completely, she also donates $10 from every doll sold to aid in the effort against human trafficking. The SA Foundation develops programs and initiatives for young women between the ages of 16 and 29 that have been or are at risk of human trafficking, and Operation Mobilization is establishing safe houses for girls around the world. Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry with over 70% of those trafficked being women and HALF BEING CHILDREN. Sickening statistics.
Tanya’s goal is to sell 100 dolls and donate $1000 to these causes. I think she’s more than worthy and this Christmas, show your support by ordering a doll from her and setting a positive example for the girls and boys in your life. Orders can be made through her Facebook page.
A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign. I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way! I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area.