Dolls Undone: Check Out These Incredible Doll Transformations

From the changing shape of Barbie to gender-neutrality in the toy isle, big toy companies continue to take great strides towards representation of a wide group of people in the toy arena, but there is still work to be done.  This story shares glimpses of the creatives who took matters into their own hands to radically transform dolls into something different than their intended design.  We’ve rounded up incredibly reimagined dolls, morphed into empowering, strong, real-life heroines, adventures and otherwise representation-lacking toys. Here you’ll find dolls representing Malala Yousafzai, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo and so much more.  Check out our latest story for MODE – it’s a delight to imagine children playing with any of these remarkable dolls.

Check out Dolls Undone: Beautifully Transformed Dolls

by Monica Marino at Mode

The post is sponsored by MODE.



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Woah, those dolls are amazing. As an all boy house, there are no dolls to be found here, but I bet my nieces would love one or more of those 🙂

  2. I love those dolls! The ones of Freda and Malala are very cool. I love the message, too.

  3. Very cute. Something my nieces would love for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have seen some of these doll transformations around the internet before. It is amazing what people can do!

  5. There are so many different dolls these days! I like to try to find different ones for my nieces.

  6. These are amazing dolls. I will have to share this with my Daughter. She is 20 and still has a huge doll collection.

  7. These are super cute dolls. My teen daughter still likes dolls, while she doesn’t play with them like she did as a younger child, she enjoys styling them up. Will look into these!

  8. These dolls are gorgeous. I’m so glad girls can pick from an array of colors, skin types and cultures.

  9. These dolls are great. I had all boys and they are adults now so I really never had a lot to do with dolls over the last few decades. I do have a niece who would love to take a look at this.

  10. I am a doll junkie. All of these are amazing and love the transformations! I wish I had the skills to make some of my thrift store bargain dolls look like these.

  11. Amy Desrosiers says

    I love that they transformed these somewhat advanced looking dolls into more kid-friendly toys. My kids would love a transformed doll too!

  12. What a blast it would be to make clothing for these cute dolls. Dressing them up to take along on a trip would be a delight for the child that has one.

  13. It’s great to see where creativity and acceptance collide.These dolls speak volumes

  14. I just picked up a copy of “I Am Malala,” the teen version of her autobiography. She’s such an inspiration! I love the transformation of a Bratz doll to such an important modern day hero.

  15. Yes, Dolls have change incredibly over the years. I’m so happy to see the progress. I still collect them so I can’t wait to add more to the collection

  16. Dolls have become so much more than just dolls, haven’t they? They really carry the voice of society. I’ve loved American Girl dolls for their origins and the goal of getting girls interested in history.

  17. These transformations are unreal! What a neat concept. I specifically love the Malala doll.

  18. I’ve never seen dolls like this before, They are definitely an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing.

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