|The ebony beauties are from L-R: Princess of South Africa Barbie, Barbie Basics Model No. 04, and Model of the Moment Nichelle (click to enlarge)|
Each doll has been redressed, some more recently than others.
|Princess of South Africa Barbie wears a new metallic gold dress|
Princess of South Africa (POSA) wears a metallic gold dress and coordinating black and gold, sequined shawl by eBay seller, barbie-couture. As a repeat customer, I can attest that the quality clothes she sells are as she describes them: durable, updated, and fashionable. Use of stretch fabric, in most cases, allows her fashions to fit the rail thin ModelMuse body as well as the more curvaceous body POSA possesses. The gold tone, bow-shaped choker worn by POSA is actually an adjustable ring. The bow is encrusted with yellow faux diamonds. Black and silver shoes from Barbie Basics Look No. 02, Collection 001 are the perfect complement to POSA's gold and black ensemble.
|Wearing a little black dress or redressed, wigged or not, Model 04 is fully confident in the skin she's in.|
Having retired her little black dress nearly a year ago if not longer, Model 04 now wears the only solid color Barbie Fashionistas dress I have ever seen. The lavender color of the dress and her deep complexion are an appealing combination. Her silver shoes are from Barbie Basics Look No. 02, Collection 001.5. As mentioned previously, Model 04 borrowed the Afro wig from Adèle.
|Model of the Moment Nichelle, looks lovely in bronze and black|
Model of the Moment Nichelle is the most recent of the trio to be redressed. Her bronze lamé one-shoulder top, bangle bracelets, and shoes were borrowed from BB Model No. 08, Collection 002.5. Initially she was going to go buck wild and wear the top alone to flaunt her shapely legs. Actually she did this for a couple of days in the doll room, but some of the guys were getting a little "emotional" as a result of her overexposure. I thought the black leggings, made by Shasha of Atelier ni Shasha, would calm their emotions. Girlfriend wouldn't have been able to do an about face without exposing her buttocks had she not put on those leggings. Her bronze, star-shaped earrings were purchased on a card of five pairs from a local beauty supply store for a dollar.
I usually buy most of my fashion dolls' earrings from that store and just as often dismantle these over sized, often dangle earrings to create multiple playscale-size earrings using paired pieces from the parts. Model 04's bow-shaped choker was purchased there, too. I usually use toe rings as necklaces for my playscale people, but, according to the clerk, they were sold out. She kindly suggested an adjustable ring instead (not knowing I wanted to create a necklace for a doll).
Beauty can be found in people of all sizes, shapes, colors, hair textures and hair lengths. These three inanimate, gorgeous representations of women and the people who look like them are proof that ebony skin and natural hair are included in the many combinations of beauty. One standard of beauty is a myth.
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