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Dolls With Makeup Removed And Clothes Changed Have Become Viral

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Dolls With Makeup Removed And Clothes Changed Have Become Viral

Sonia, the creator of Tree Change Dolls from Tasmania, didn’t expect that she would cause such a change and make people rethink what kind of dolls they are buying for their children.

This woman likes crafting – she missed her childhood dolls and she decided to make them again. However, what is magnificent about this act is that she used popular Bratz dolls to bring her childhood back. By using alcohol, she took off the makeup and drew their faces again. This time, the dolls didn’t have a lot of makeup, they didn’t have those big eyes and lips, but they looked younger and more natural. Moreover, she changed their clothes and put them in a whole different surrounding.

A hobby that became a brand

When Bratz dolls emerged, everyone got crazy about them and Barbie dolls fell to second place. Bratz were different because of a lot of makeup, a thin body and a big head. However, it was only when one women who missed the nice dolls from her childhood transformed them into beautiful, natural dolls, that people noticed what real beauty is. Because of their natural look and influence on the toy market, Tree Change Dolls became viral.

Discarded dolls are again in demand

Sonia, the creator of the Tree Change Dolls, used the discarded dolls from the tip shops and transformed them into beautiful and down-to-earth dolls. At first, she didn’t want to make any statement, she just wanted to express her creativity through crafting and re-doing second hand dolls.

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    Before you throw away something, think about whether you can reuse it and, with a little creativity, give it a brand new look. It will not only save you money, but also, you might create something magnificent and, who knows, maybe you go viral.

    How much do dolls influence our children?

    It seems like kids’ toys are promoting a kind of superficial beauty to little girls. Naturally, every girl thinks of her doll as a friend and wants to be like her. They start thinking that wearing makeup is the only way to look beautiful. Moreover, a lot of makeup is not enough for the “glam look”, they also need to be super thin in order to reach perfection. As girls start thinking this way, they lose their individuality and just blend in with other girls. They dress alike, act alike and even think alike. There is no uniqueness in any of them.

    The beauty of Tree Change Dolls lies in their simplicity and originality. They are all different, and special in their own way – just like all little girls around the world. These dolls teach girls not only to be unique and natural, but also to enjoy their childhood and to remain a child for as long as they can. These dolls unintentionally influence people to fight the beauty standards implemented by toy manufacturers.

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    Clothes and surrounding suitable for children

    Today’s popular dolls usually wear clothes that are not suitable for children, such as tops and short skirts, and because of that, they look like they are really older. Some people even call them “trashy” and don’t allow their children to play with them. The Tree Change Dolls put a stop to the debate on the hypersexualization of dolls, because they show that the natural look is better and it positively influences young girls. However, don’t forget that the look of a doll depends on its manufacturers.

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      Dolls with knitted clothes in natural surroundings present the beauty of childhood. Also, dolls playing in the garden show what kids should do – playing in natural surroundings. Knitted pieces of clothes are something that little girls could wear too, which really makes girls relate to them.

      Makeup doesn’t make us beautiful

      Girls like playing with makeup, however, they shouldn’t be presented with dolls that wear too much make up, and have unrealistic and unproportioned face features. This sends a wrong message to children on how they should look and what is considered as beautiful.

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        Girls should know that they are beautiful just the way they are. The blonde doll which was transformed into a freckled ginger doll shows that one regular doll can become unique. This uniqueness comes from natural beauty, which we might end up forgetting how special it really is.

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          Tree Change Dolls are surely making a statement and influencing the toy market.

          Are Bratz dolls to be forgotten?

          Bratz dolls are known for their look and that is something that makes them special among other dolls and, as much as some people don’t like them, we mustn’t forget that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They might present wrong standards when it comes to clothing and appearance, however, they are the product of someone’s creativity and there are people who like them. As tastes shouldn’t be discussed, I just want to state that the Tree Change Dolls are an alternative to the doll market and children should choose what they like. If there are more options to choose from, then it means that all styles are accepted.

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          As girls relate to their dolls, toy manufacturers might want to consider making proportional and more down-to-earth dolls, which will positively influence young generations. Girls should feel free to express themselves without the fear of not satisfying the standards that are made up by our own society.

          Featured photo credit: http://treechangedolls.tumblr.com/ via treechangedolls.tumblr.com

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          Last Updated on July 20, 2021

          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

          You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

          Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

          Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

          Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

          1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

          According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

          “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

          Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

          Warming up

          If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

          If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

          Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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          1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
          2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
          3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

          Stay hydrated

          Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

          To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

          Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

          Meditate

          Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

          Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

          Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

          Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

          2. Focus on your goal

          One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

          Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

          Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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          Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

          If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

          3. Convert negativity to positivity

          There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

          ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

          It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

          Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

          Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

          Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

          4. Understand your content

          Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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          However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

          “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

          Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

          Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

          One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

          5. Practice makes perfect

          Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

          In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

          Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

          6. Be authentic

          There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

          Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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          Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

          To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

          With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

          Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

          7. Post speech evaluation

          Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

          Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

          We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

          You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

          Improve your next speech

          As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

          Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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          • How did I do?
          • Are there any areas for improvement?
          • Did I sound or look stressed?
          • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
          • Was I saying “um” too often?
          • How was the flow of the speech?

          Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

          If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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