Here's a hot button topic: are you pro or anti-Barbie? It seems people fall into two camps: those who think girls know better than to believe they should look like a plastic toy, and those who think a doll's body image and message should reflect a more realistic point of view. With the plethora of recent additions - from Bratz to Monster High - I think the question is even more loaded than ever.
A friend just asked me if I had any recommendations for fashion dolls that could provide an alternative to Barbie, and this was the list I came up with. All of these dolls still include a dose of fashion, dress-up, and role play. But each brand is trying in its own way to add more meat to the message. Whether it's giving the dolls well-rounded individual stories, or focusing on less fashion-oriented clothing and activities, or even looking to world travel and cultures, all of them are making a sincere effort.
But what about you, What do you do in your household? Barbie, or other dolls?
1. Little Miss Matched Dolls
2. Karito Kids, Yuko
3. Liv Dolls
4. Only Hearts Club Dolls
5. Corolle Les Cheries dolls
6. Moxie Girls