Ok, before you burst into hysteric laughter, I'll give you the whole story. When I was a kid, my mother and I spent about 3 years living in Mexico City. I was a reasonably cute (albeit extremely fair) blonde haired, blue eyed American girl. This had the tendency to get me a bit of attention because blonde hair was considered good luck. I was approached at my elementary school to see if I was interested in doing some modelling. It sounded great to me, as I would get out of school periodically to go do photo shoots, and I had a makeup man! Long story short, I ended up doing a shoot for a new housing development as part of a little nuclear family: father, mother, son, and daughter. Here is the full sheet spread (with apologies for the quality - this is newspaper that is over 25 years old and has been folded for a long time):
Yes, that's me pretending to fish:
me squinting my eyes on the speed boat:
and me playing ball with my "family" on the lawn:
I was too young at the time to understand the social/cultural implications of them choosing an extremely white, blonde haired, blue-eyed model for a Mexican advertisement. I apologize, long after the fact, for having been a part of supporting an unatainable physical appearance for most Mexicans - Barbie was bad enough!
Her body is made of muslin, with embroidered facial features, worsted wool hair, and a cotton stripe bikini with green ribbon ties. Her arms and legs are joined with buttons and heavy cord, so there is some poseability. Here she is posing in a tree:
I have enormous admiration for doll makers after having attempted this. She was, without a doubt, the most difficult crafty thing I have ever attempted. I have definitely learned that my sewing machine, although a very good one, does not like to sew pieces of fabric that are the size of a postage stamp; rather, it thinks these are a snack and would rather eat them! I also wonder how doll makers stuff their dolls so well (Rosa: how do you do it?!?). Here is another shot of her playing ball:
Overall, she doesn't really look quite like what I had envisioned, but now that I know how hard she was to make, I'm ok with the end result. Things to work on: embroidery, sewing tiny things, better yarn hair. I'm most proud of the way her arms and legs were attached, because this was quite tricky, but they turned out great.