|Barbie Fashionista 93's original body and the articulated brown neo-Blythe body illustrate the complexion match and the inch and a half height difference between the two.|
Since I had nothing to lose except height, high-heel feet, foot size, and a frozen body with one perpetually bent elbow, I decided to rebody Fashionista 93 (first seen here) using the articulated brown neo-Blythe body shown above.
|In this photo, taken after the head removal, the disgusting pink lip color is vividly apparent. It looks as though the doll has taken a huge swig of Pepto-Bismol.|
|"I know... you wish you could move like this, don't you?"|
After rebodying 93 (hopefully, I will think of a name for her before this post ends), and seeing how the lavender lacy dress swallows her, "we" knew what was in store for her next -- new clothes and shoes to fit. She is seen next in the lavender dress and in the first of the several Sparkle Girlz fashions she tried on with a pair of red neo-Blythe shoes.
Lip Color Change
After rebodying and finding suitable clothing and shoes for 93 to wear, the next upgrade was a new lip color. Enough of that awful pink already! While doing her lip color change, Ryan (Rainbow Fashionista 90) enjoyed a lip change as well.
|After the lip color removal, both looked even better with nude lips. I was tempted to skip repainting but decided I needed to know how they would look with a more appropriate color. ("I can always remove it," I thought.)|
Next, a mixture of maroon and true burgundy acrylic paint was used to darken their lips. Ninety-three's ears were also pierced with yellow quilting pins which now serve as stud earrings. Why yellow? I did not have red and the yellow brings out the yellow in the bodice of her romper.
|Ninety-three's new lip color and yellow ear studs are better seen in this close-up photo and this is when my opinion of her changed. She really is a cute doll!|
|What a difference a change to a more appropriate color makes.|
|For both dolls, I left the lip color a matte finish without sealing with varnish.|
|Since her earrings were yellow, I selected fashions that would coordinate with that color. The first selection was CeeCee's yellow and black check shirt dress. This dress had an okay fit, but 93 needed to try others before making a final decision on what to wear.|
|This gray bodysuit with a painted-on red tie and plaid skirt paired well with her flat red shoes.|
|Next, she tried on this cold shoulder floral blouse and a pair of denim shorts. Because the top almost covers the shorts, "we" decided against this fashion.|
|The red high heels add length to her small feet and provide a more mature look.|
|To keep them in a steady position while painting, the pointed ends of the quilting pins were stuck into a wedge makeup sponge. The paint was allowed to dry before re-piercing 93's ears with the pins.|
|Yes, the red studs look better with the chosen fashion. Now, should she wear her only original accessory, the Malcolm X-style horn-rim sunglasses or not?|
|Model 17 from the Barbie Basics Denim collection is now 93's Uncle Boris.|
|Nia is her name. She poses in this last photo with her Uncle Boris.|
I chose the name Nia for Fashionista 93 after first showing her to my husband and saying, "She needs a name." He said, "Brenda. Name her Brenda." I questioned his choice with, "Brenda? Why Brenda?" He answered, "It's a name you can spell and pronounce." I thought about it for a minute and wondered if she reminds him of a Brenda he once knew. I thought some more and using a doll-naming convention that I have used in the past to remember people who have died prematurely as a result of senseless American violence, I decided to name her Nia in memory of Nia Wilson, the 18-year-old teen whose life was brutally ended by a deranged, knife-wielding murderer at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station on July 22, 2018. So, Nia is her name.
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