|Barbie Fashionista Nikki holds a Nikki head customized by Shasha of atelier ni Shasha.|
In July 2016, Shasha introduced Tamica as her first doll repaint and reroot. I-fell-in-dolly love! (See the post that exacerbated my doll-want-itis here). Shortly after seeing Tamica, I recall communicating with Shasha by email to express my desire to own one of her customizations, if not Tamica, should she ever desire to sell. Several months later, Tamica has now become part of my collection along with the little black dress she modeled that Shasha named after her.
I am quite impressed with the repaint; the realism is phenomenal. The reroot is flawless! See another photo of Tamica taken by Shasha, here.
As you can see, I purchased the head only. An articulated body would be the only type desired for this lovely lady.
I chose one of the last Nikki fashionista bodies that I purchased about three years ago upon learning Mattel was discontinuing articulation in that line. Because the doll had been stored, never removed from box, until opening for use with the customized head, I did not realize one of the fingers was ringed -- with a hole in the ring finger to accommodate the plastic ring Mattel use. I had to employ a workaround for Nikki's unappealing, toy-looking, heart-shaped ring.
|Tamica, now whole, holds Nikki's head.|
The fashionista fashion was quickly discarded and replaced with the Tamica dress.
|Tamica models the dress named after her, which is worn with black closed-toe shoes. A box chain bracelet and leaf-shaped brass-tone earrings, made by Shasha, are perfect accessories.|
As shown above, Tamica looks stunning in the little black dress. She posed for several additional photos, all of which are shown below because we could not decide which ones not to include.
|One additional close-up of her lovely face shows that she exudes realism. The closeup also provides a better view of her two-strand twists, which I love!|
|Temporary holiday redress|
Because I wanted to incorporate Tamica into my Christmas decor, I redressed her in a Barbie fashion to match the colors I used this year.
A wrapped present for Tamica to hold was added (it is actually a present-shaped ornament). I used shimmery bronze fingernail polish to give the ring a more realistic color and also to match the color of her other jewelry. For bling, an eyelash art, adhesive-backed crystal was added to the center of the ring.
After the holidays, the plan is to rebody Tamica one final time. A followup post will be published after that has been accomplished.
Thank you again, Shasha, for 1) deciding to sell this lovely customized head and 2) for offering it to me first! I am honored to be the proud owner of your first-ever repaint and reroot. Your creativity never disappoints.
Other dolls customized by Shasha can be seen here.
|Tamica enjoys being part of the Christmas table display.|
Tamica and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, and Wealthy New Year!
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