Author: Stephanie Finnegan

What’s Wrong with Rudolph? It’s not what you think!

Photos courtesy of Movie Star News This year, social critics in the know have named “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as one of the most dangerous holiday films ever made. Now, at first glance, it does seem rather ridiculous to lodge so hefty a complaint at such an innocuous pastime. But these academic busybodies are onto something! Both the song, and the stop-motion cartoon it inspired, tend to celebrate conformity, forced acceptance, seeking peer approval, and bending one’s personal uniqueness to suit the pack. Yep, these naysayers have a point: Rudolph and his eventual triumph only come about after being...

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Meghan Mania: Which doll will be first in the new Royal Wedding race?

When Prince Harry and his fiancée, actress Meghan Markle, met the press to formally announce their engagement, they weren’t just making a statement of hopeful love and dreams for nuptial bliss. No, they were unleashing a tabloid frenzy that will go into hyperdrive as May 2018 looms closer and closer. On both sides of the Atlantic, the press and royal watchers will be devouring so much of this courtship because Harry has been famous before birth and Ms. Markle is an American actress who has been striving for fame for at least 15 years. Markle needs to buckle in...

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Storyteller: Jodi Brown turns literary characters into 3-D paper figures

Photos courtesy of Wet Canvas Art One of the things I’m most thankful about when it comes to blogging is the chance to introduce readers to new genres of creativity, brand-new themes, and new ways to think about an old concept. For most of us, when we think of a paper doll, we think of a colorful drawing that can be carefully cut out of a book. Once the character — often celebrities or pop icons of her era — is released, she can then be dressed in paper fashions, again requiring a great deal of painstaking precision. It’s...

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Turning Courage on Its Head: New Barbie sports hijab, bronze medal

When Mattel announced this week that they would be producing a new Shero doll, available for purchase in 2018, I imagine they knew they would be unleashing a social media firestorm. Created right now as a one-of-a-kind tribute doll to Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, the doll will be made available next year for consumer purchase. Now, other Olympic athletes have been honored with doll likenesses in the past — in fact, the Shero Barbie line paid homage to Gabby Douglas with a spot-on counterpart. What made this current choice so controversial is what the doll is wearing. Nope, it’s not...

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Words from the Heart: Bo Bergemann’s dolls speak about her life

Bo Bergemann has always had a lot to say. Her dolls have functioned as a three-dimensional testament to what has been on her mind and in her heart. During my last round of correspondence with Bo, she was pondering leaving her home base in Hawaii to travel with her daughter to a specialized school for the deaf. Unsure of how she would maintain her gallery/retail space back home, Bo was in a state of flux. However, she knew three things forsure: she loves her daughter; she’s devoted to making sure her daughter will succeed; and she’s committed to finding...

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Natalie Ruiz’s dolls are cinematic marvels

Photos courtesy of Natalie Ruiz People often say something or someone is larger than life. For most of us — as long as the observation isn’t being made about our latest venture onto a scale — the opinion is considered high praise, indeed. For many people (myself included), why strive to be everyday commonplace? Isn’t it more fun to have a dash of eccentricity or uniqueness? If it means having to assume a bigger than average personality, so be it. It really does make sense to strive toward over the top rather than stuck in a rut or in...

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