The ambiguous brownness sucked me in. Usually Dollar Store Beauties, along with Swap Mart Beauties, are a whiter shade of pale, with the exception of the eerily glowing African-American baggie version at Dollar General. This gal also has a face comparable to the higher end of Swap Mart Beauties and the Just Kidz dolls, rather than the unfortunate raccoon-eyed look of the Barbie knock-offs at the 99 Cents Only.
Here, all the ambiguously brown gals gather, with varying levels of enthusiasm and skepticism, to check out Dolores. (Non-keepers don't usually get names, but calling her "the Dollar Tree Beauty" for much longer is going to get tedious.) What they're most curious about is which of them can wear her clothes.
|Clockwise from bottom left: Liv Alexis (AA), Briony (EAH Briar Rose), Krys (lighter Alexis),|
Dolores in box, Cleo de Nile, Hattie de Nile (Cleo #2),
Elena (Fashionista Sporty), Rebecca (Pocahantas head on Fashionista Artsy body).
The back of the box tells us that she's a fashion doll and gives the trademark information. The silhouette on the box has nothing to do with the dolls (I've never seen a short-haired one) and may have escaped from the 1970s.
|It's difficult to brand more minimally than "fashion doll."|
|Free at last!|
|If the color of my skin is "weathered," I may want to stock up on sunscreen.|
Dolores has grayish eyes, violet eye shadow, and very pale pink lipstick. The eyes look downright sticker-ish to me, but I'm scared to pick at anything. Getting a face-up with the lips mostly painted required going through the rack. Dolores' ears are pierced but she does not come with earrings.
|"I'll bet 'Brown-Eyed Girl' wasn't even written in the reality that fashion dolls come from."|
|We are so tiny that not even Cinderella can wear us!|
|We are marketed as dolls to stick in cakes. Seriously.|
|My future in gymnastics is limited. Also, my hands look like|
I always wear mittens.
Styling Dolores' hair into anything other than a ponytail is not a good idea, thanks to most of her rooting being around the edges of her hairline.
|If I were punk, I'd do the middle section in pink and call it a look.|
|It takes two to tangle!|
On Briony (Ever After High Briar Beauty), Dolores' dress is embarrassingly loose in the bust. So there's no point in even trying it on the thinner Monster High gals.
|Can you say "gaping"? This is embarrassing.|
|That is the LAST time I set foot in Forever 21.|
|Even a little cheapie looks good when you know how to accessorize!|
|I feel like I'm posing for a fetish magazine, and it's not a fetish I'd like.|
|The bitch face is because I want to be a permanent resident,|
but Pocahantas got the first available brown-skinned articulated body.
|L-R: 1990s Barbie body, Dolores, 2000s Barbie body|
|I feel like a Dr. Seuss character.|
|I've gotten used to people reading my back aloud when standing in line.|
|Elena Rodriguez befriends everybody.|
Play-doll potential. As a low-articulation play doll, Dolores is fine as long as hair play isn't on the agenda (don't TOUCH the hair). She has a pleasant face that doesn't suggest past or present addiction issues, nor encourage six-year-olds to go hogwild with Mom's eyeliner. It's possible to do much worse for a buck.
Modding potential. Dolores is your no-regrets girl for re-rooting practice.
Clothing source. Dolores' dress fits the Barbie "belly button" body and its articulated Fashionista equivalent, but it's too small for the 1990s Barbie body and too big for Bratz, Monster High, Ever After High, and Liv.