Sometimes I like creating the closest approximation of what some of the characters in my stories look like.
So every now and again, I turn to online doll creators like dolldivine.com, and previously dollwizard.com which is not available at the moment apparently or has been shut down.
It’s criminal how heterosexist online dollmakers are. But maybe even more so, it’s ridiculously insulting and criminal how there seem to be
- ONLY TWO plus size doll creators that I’ve found
- both plus size doll makers are for “chubby” “cute” girls
- both doll creators have EXTREMELY limited wardrobes in comparison to their thinner counterparts
- both doll creators all have limited accessories and hair styles
- there are, like, less than seven male dollmakers with no variations in body type at all
- many doll creators are glamorously or racially themed, exotifying non-white bodies, (i.e. Savannah Fashion, Istanbul, Korean Queen, and Indian Bride on dolldivine.com’s “national and folk ‘costumes’” doll makers)
- many of the best doll makers confined to white Eurocentric time periods, like The Tudors and Roman Lady (dolldivine.com)
- ageism galore
- limited body types, limited defining characteristics
- it’s like feminism never happened
- their options for creating more complicated and diverse hair styles suck
- I could go on, trust me but I’ll leave it here, for now.
I wanted to create an avatar for a character of mine who was beautiful and chubby-fat growing up and is now an old woman with grandchildren. Couldn’t do it, so I had to approximate.
Though I think some of them are beautiful as well, I am sick of these wafer-like, supermodel, glamour-only, exotifying doll makers.