I love the face sculpt and deep-toned complexion but I haven’t been able to find good complexion matches to upgrade my Kari Michelle dolls to articulated bodies. Anyone who has tried to squeeze a Barbie into a pair of Kari Michelle pants knows that Kari’s hips are much slimmer.
I bought Ximena at Roses more recently.
With her caramel complexion she could be either black or Hispanic so her studio bio says she hails from Guayaquil, a former slave port that has a sizeable community of Afro-Ecuadorians to this day.
Ximena was able to upgrade to a light-skinned Liv Alexis body immediately. Liv’s slighter proportions make her look very young so she will be perfect in ingénue roles.
While she came with 10 dresses, this purple print sundress was almost the only thing in her wardrobe worth salvaging.
Chantay was one of the blue-eyed fairies I passed over the first time I saw them in Roses.
I went back for the fairy costumes, however. They were surprisingly well-made and Chantay turned out to be very attractive after I darkened her eyes with a brown Sharpie.
She has upgraded to a dark Liv Alexis body and sports an ensemble that came on a My Style doll from Roses.
Gabriela was another recent purchase from Roses.
I had already assembled a full court of black princesses before the Recession when the quality of the gowns was better and the dolls’ bodies had bendable legs. Still, I wanted to add this face mold to my collection so I bought one twin pack of Hispanic princesses at Roses earlier this month.
The gown photographs well but the fabric is so stiff, it feels like paper.
Twyla was one of the $3 ballerinas I bought from Roses a few weeks ago.
Once the wardrobe department got done with her, she showed a completely different side of her personality!
I upgraded her to a dark Liv Alexis body so she could model this denim fashion which came on a glass eyed Dream Girl from Dollar General.
I’m sure her versatility will land her a lot of roles.