An Aussie mother is taking a stand against the western stigmas around breastfeeding women by transforming secondhand Barbies into educational dolls with a twist.
Betty Strachan, a Brisbane mum of two, started repainting and re-styling thrifted Barbies, calling them ‘makeunder’ dolls. Strachan’s dolls have proportionate eyes, natural makeup and some even have a smattering of freckles on their nose.
She has also created a pregnant Barbie and a breastfeeding doll in the hopes that it will normalise breastfeeding for her youngsters.
Since sharing her creations on her Instagram page, Betty saw a huge demand from other like-minded mums, and now sells the dolls on Etsy.
“The decision to make a breastfeeding doll didn’t come consciously,” Strachan told The Huffington Post. “I’m a member of a mothers’ group that’s comprised of very lovely and supportive women. I remember one day, I was drawing the new face on a Barbie doll, and she just seemed to be the embodiment of the entire group.”
Betty says she first saw an issue with the lack of diversity in dolls when she was a child. “Not every child is born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Some have freckles, some have gaps in their teeth,” she writes on her Etsy page.
“When I became a mother, seeing the effect of the toys children are exposed to first hand, I noticed that the lack of diversity could be potentially damaging psychologically.”
What do you think of Betty’s breastfeeding dolls?