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Bratz uncovered: Artist gives glam dolls a dramatic make-under

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An artist in Australia is giving unwanted Bratz dolls wholesome makeovers and thanks to huge interest in the project, she hopes to sell the newly pared-back toys online.

Sonia Singh, based in Tasmania, finds the famously glamorous dolls in second-hand shops and spends hours giving each one a new pared-back image.

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Singh even managed to find this doll's teeth

The mother-of-one repaints each toy's heavily made-up face with a natural skin tone, removing traces of blusher, beauty spots, outsize eyelashes and scales back the dolls' pouty lips.

She replaces their skimpy, fashion-led outfits with hand-knitted clothing and molds new shoes to replace their heels and wedges.

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The natural look works for her

Singh explains on her Tree Change Dolls Tumblr that the fashion dolls have been given a "tree change," swapping their high-maintenance looks for a down-to-earth style.

"My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment," she says. "I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life."

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This purple eyeshadow must have taken a while to remove

Singh hopes to get what she calls her "Snog, Marry Avoid" doll project up and running in an Etsy shop in the coming weeks.

"Here are the Tree Change Dolls (ex-Bratz dolls) playing outside the way kids should, after their radical make-unders," she wrote on the website, alongside pictures of the newly au-naturel dolls posed in a series of outdoorsy pursuits, such as tree-climbing and swinging on tyres.

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Less rock 'n roll, more Little House on the Prairie

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This dolls seems happy with her conservative clobber

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This would have been difficult in heels and a mini-skirt

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The former Bratz dolls' new footwear

How the Bratz dolls usually look

How the Bratz dolls usually look. Image: Rex Features

What do you think of the Bratz dolls' make-under? Should kids be able to play with glamorous dolls or is it better that they have more wholesome toys? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below

Words: Anna Pollitt. Main photo: Tree Change Dolls tumblr

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