American Girl dolls have long been a staple in the lives of young girls, but it turns out little boys love them just as much. In response, some creative moms are DIY-ing adorable ‘American Boy’ dolls that are almost unrecognizable from their original versions.
According to Yahoo, mom and writer Gina Demillo Wagner gave her daughter an American Girl “Truly Me” doll for her seventh birthday. The Truly Me dolls are standard, 18-inch tall American Girl dolls that can be customized to look like their owners. Naturally, Wagner’s son loved his sister’s new toy and wanted his own doll that looked just like him. The only problem is, American Girl does not currently offer boy dolls in the full 18-inch size.
Wagner tells Redbook she explained to her son that boy dolls weren’t available and hoped he’d forget about it, but then a friend joked that she should just cut a girl doll’s hair and it gave Gina an idea. She ordered a Madame Alexander doll on eBay that had similar features to her son, gave it a haircut, removed the makeup with acetone, and voila!
It’s a genius doll hack, and believe it or not, Wagner is not the first to do it. A quick Google search reveals hundreds of YouTube tutorials, Pinterest boards, and blog posts dedicated to helping parents create their own ‘American Boy’ dolls. Some of them use cheaper dolls like Wagner did, but others use the actual Pleasant Company — American Girl’s parent company — dolls and give them amazing makeovers.
The majority of the makeovers use clever chop jobs to style the doll’s hair, as well as clothing and accessories purchased online. Some crafty moms have even ordered wigs for the dolls because, let’s be honest, who wants to take a pair of scissors to a $125 doll? The end result is awesome little buddies that look nothing like their original versions. Seriously — if your doll ever robs a bank, use these tutorials. The cops will never find it.
This seems like a big enough craze that doll companies need to take note. I mean, it’s adorable that parents are spending all this time giving dolls a new identity, but it’d be cool if companies would just make them more inclusive. Traditionally, dolls haven’t been seen as ‘boy’ toys, but anyone who’s got a son knows that’s a bunch of bullshit. My son is absolutely obsessed with his older sister’s dolls and would gladly accept an ‘American Boy’ that looks just like him. Pleasant Company and others are missing out on a huge market in assuming little boys aren’t equally as likely to want a cool little friend.