These Barbie dolls are guaranteed to have better hair than you
Barbie dolls aren't just for kids. Rafinha Silva— an artist from Brazil—transforms regular Barbie dolls into Instagram worthy works of art.
Not only does he completely revamp these dolls to make them into stylish dolls that are packed with personality, he also adds a much-needed dose of diversity into the Barbie world.
The dolls are transformed into trendy life-like dolls, with hair longer than Rapunzel and make-up that's even more perfect than Kim Kardashian's.
Rafinha Silva starts by cutting off the hair, to the point where his scissors won't cut anymore. He then uses a razor to shave off all the remaining hair on the doll and uses tweezers to remove those stubborn leftover hairs.
The hair is replaced with different coloured wigs and hair strands to make the textures and colours resemble a realistic hairstyle. The wigs are actually crafted by the artist himself, and then stuck on with strips of double-sided tape to the dolls head.
The transformation doesn't stop there: he then uses acetone on the doll's face, removing the factory makeup to allow him to replace this with his own special paints.
The hair is then styled to add some personality to the Barbie dolls. To do this, he uses small curling irons and straighteners to achieve different looks and places the hair wigs strategically so that the hair falls into all the right places.
The Royal Dolls are designed to challenge the stereotypical image of the Barbie, which is seen as being unrealistic and damaging to young girls' body image. Silva changes the dolls so that instead of looking fake, they look unique and beautiful. The clothes used to dress the dolls are customized to give each doll their own personal style.
Whilst the dolls featured on his Instagram page are not for sale, they are designed for specific customers. Rafinha Silva has over 500 dolls designed to different specifications, and celebrities such as Britney Spears and Cher have had custom-made Barbie dolls.
Take a look at The Royal Dolls for yourself to see what the fuss is all about.