Thanks to modern technology, the people of Disney World can now make figurines for little girls that have their faces on them. As in an exact 3-D image of the little girl’s face.
Definitely enter this one into the Creepy Yet Kinda Cool category. I mean, people complain about Disney princesses all looking the same, right? Maybe this is the way to fight that trend of unattainable perfection. And you know, indulge the fantasies of 3- to 12-year-olds everywhere (whose parents have $99.95 plus $15.95 shipping to spare. Prices go up if you don’t live in the United States. And you have to be by Disneyland to get scanned for a doll at all!).
At the same time, though, this dolls do still kinda look the same. Check out the picture below of all the options available — their waists all seem to be the same width. Snow White might have a little bit more of a nipped waist and larger chest area, but that’s about it.
I can’t help but think: What if an overweight little girl (or a particularly narrow-boned little girl) wanted a doll made out of her? You might be a bit stuck there if you’re working with a really restrictive doll format. Can these dolls really be altered enough so that they looks more like little girls than the perfect princesses they’re emulating?
The price is a big shock to me, too. Yes, these dolls are cool from a technological point of view. But most people probably can’t afford them, which to me slightly implies that only girls from families with money can really be princesses. Considering that Disney has made a lot of movies that turn “ordinary girls” into princesses regardless of where they are in the social ladder, the high price of having a princess doll that looks like you might send a mixed message to little girls. And it might inspire the girls who can get them to feel a little entitled…
[via Disney Parks blog]
What do you think of these dolls? What kind of message do they send, if any?