Dolls used to tell a different story

Year 2 students Grace Millett and Emilynne Lawton with some of the dolls created by Amira Romanowski. Picture: Martin Kennealey d441838
Year 2 students Grace Millett and Emilynne Lawton with some of the dolls created by Amira Romanowski. Picture: Martin Kennealey d441838

Amira Romanowski, who has two sons at Quinns Beach Primary School, said she did the doll project ahead of Children�s Book Week.

Mrs Romanowski said the project encouraged girls to be themselves �without the make-up and trampy clothing�.

�This project came about when I was talking to my sons� school librarian about body image and how important it is to raise healthy balanced children in today�s fast-paced society,� she said.

�Although I don�t have girls, I grew up in a household of three daughters where my parents struggled to balance make-up, fashion, and self-worth and confidence within our personalities.�

Mrs Romanowski said she decided to remove factory make-up from dolls� faces and redress them.

�I managed to find a bag of Bratz dolls at a garage sale,� she said.

�(I) wiped their faces and painted them to be more natural looking and also dressed them in more age-appropriate clothing.

�(I) hope to encourage girls to dress within their age-group and be proud of who they are.�

Mrs Romanowski created stands for the dolls and set them up in the school library.

The 2015 Children�s Book Week is co-ordinated by the Children�s Book Council of Australia and runs until August 28.