Bratz dolls

With eyes as large as those in a Big Eyes style painting by Margaret Keane (but wearing makeup like a streetwalker) and lips as plumped up as Lisa Rinna's leaving her plastic surgeon, Bratz dolls are hardly a realistic image of anything even human, let alone an actual girl. So Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh decided to give them a makeover. Or, rather, a make-under.

Singh collected Bratz dolls from local thrift shops and then repainted their faces to look makeup free and properly proportioned. She also restyled their hair and swapped their clothes for ones sewn by her mother. The new "down-to-earth style," as Singh calls it on her Tumblr page, is a refreshing change. While the original Bratz girls look disturbing, Singh's Tree Change Dolls actually look happy. Healthy, and sweet, and natural. What a concept! Singh's dolls look ready to climb trees, play with toys, and cuddle with mom—not to go to the sleazy alien nightclub those Bratz dolls just stumbled out of.

Singh plans to open an Etsy store where she will sell the dolls she has "rescued and rehabilitated," as she calls it. In the meantime, if you like what Singh is doing, she's asking people to donate to the International Women's Development Agency to support women's rights.

Ellen Sturm Niz is a New York City-based editor and writer who can't have any Bratz dolls in her house because those giant alien eyes would watch her in her sleep. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to see more of her articles about kids and parenting, home design and DIY projects, and food trends and menu ideas.

Image via Bratz Facebook page