This Monster High Doll Is Making Me Feel All Sorts Of Feelings About Thinspiration For Little Girls

My daughter wants a Monster High doll for Christmas, just like thousands of other little girls who made their wish lists and have been extra careful not to dump any bottles of 18 dollar Chanel nail polish on the carpet. I let my daughter play with Barbie and other fashion dolls. I consider myself a feminist, and I’m trying to raise a feminist daughter (and feminist sons!) and we have all sorts of lengthy conversations about why Barbie and her pals are not the best role models when it comes to physical standards of beauty and how Barbie’s physical proportions are impossible for actual real people to duplicate in real life.

We play dolls together, and I am happy with my daughter’s playtime, how she makes her dolls go on all sorts of adventures and restyles their tiny street-lingerie doll clothes using scraps of fabric and sometimes scraps of non-fabric, things like tin foil and paper towels and markers and she has been known to give her dolls shorter hair styles and kick the ass of any dragons who visit the dolls in their beachfront condo. I like how my daughter plays. In my mind I think she gets the reasons why Barbie can do more than just be Ken’s arm-candy and work as a model. I understand why she would want these new dolls, these monster-themed plastic fashionistas to join the party. I would have loved The Monster High dolls when I was little! They look cool! They have cool accessories and sometimes little pets! They have cool hair colors and skin tones and beautifully applied makeup. And there is something refreshing about adding nontraditional beauties to the pile of blond-haired, fair-skinned dolls that reside in her toy box.

But this one doll is giving me pause, because she would be the perfect doll for my daughter, in many ways, but in others, I’m feeling all sorts of feelings and I don’t quite know if I’m overanalyzing my feelings and putting my feelings into this 8-inch piece of plastic that doesn’t have any feelings. Skelita Calaveras, according to the Monster High wiki, is a fifteen-year-old from “Hex-cio” and she is very difficult to find. But she would be so perfect for my daughter. Skelita has beautiful dios de los muertos face paint, which is what my daughter had for Halloween. I think she is a super cool looking doll and I know my daughter would love her but under Skelita’s little festive dress I’m getting all sorts of creeped out. Because Skelita is a skeleton.

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  • TheRealKelly

    My first reaction was that I audibly gasped when I scrolled down the page and viewed the full doll. My intellectual analysis and rationalization is that, on some level, it may be better that a super thin fashion doll is literally a skeleton. But I have to go with my initial reaction because it took my breath away. Maybe it’s because it’s not quite skeletal enough (as in, it almost just looks like you’re seeing her bones through an anorexic veneer of skin)? P.S. As a mom to 2 girls, I am ALWAYS thinking hard about the messages they receive. My own mom is obsessed with her own body image and I grew up hearing non-stop messages about the importance of being thin. I really don’t think you can err too far in the direction of protecting girls from this.

    • Eve Vawter

      I totally hear ya, it’s interesting. Part of me is all “She is cool as hell” but then part of me is all “oh noes”…. haha. You know I love your opinions and appreciate your viewpoint.

    • Somegirl

      Children do not want thin bodies because the body of their dolls is thin. They don’t want overly big head and purple skin either like some of those dolls. If they like these dolls, it’s probably because they like the fact that they are unusual. I think it’s a bit risky to think that children see body image as adults do, because you may be putting a little bit too much attention on your own insecurities and passing them to your children without even wanting to. Anorexia comes from a feeling of lack of control and poor self esteem. According importance to what a doll may look like is still according importance to what people should look like, instead of putting the emphasis on things that could help them develop a strong self esteem.

      However, I think it’s admirable of you to be aware that what you do could influence their own sense of self. I just personally think that you’re maybe not focusing on the right kind of messages. But maybe I’m wrong, this is just my personal opinion.

  • ChopChick

    I mean, yeah, she’s creepy. But her name is SKELita and her last name is “Calaveras” (otherwise known as very close to “cadaver”). No kid, in their right mind would look at that and go “oh yes, this is a body image to aspire to”…unless their parents started talking to them about body image while they stare at a skeleton. Why does it have to be so complicated and complex and why can’t the discussion be oh look, she’s a monster doll so she’s given a skeleton instead of a body to pretend she’s dead. Use it as an opportunity to teach her a new word (cadaver!) and expand her vocab. The doll is supposed to be a ghoul for goodness sake!

    How is this doll’s image any different than Tim Burton’s skeleton like characters in Nightmare before Christmas? I haven’t heard many instances of “body image” coming from that movie…

    Stop overthinking it, and putting your own body image issues as a child onto your child, mom.

    • Eve Vawter

      I agree with a lot of what you are saying, and made some of the same points myself, and thank you for commenting, I think it’s the kind of thing that is good to have a dialogue about!

    • Valentina

      Since “Calaveras” is spanish for “skulls” and the doll comes from “Hexico-Mexico”, I think her name should have been Calacas instead of Calaveras. But anyway we get the whole skeleton idea.

    • ChopChick

      oh! I don’t know that. I just made the assumption they were referencing the etymology of cadaver but thank you! That’s great information to file away so I don’t say something silly again.

    • Fashion Diva

      Actually the word Calaveras is the Spanish word for skeleton
      And any ways I get that you think the doll might give children the idea that eating disorders are good but the real reason the dolls were made is to promote the show that actually is all about individuality and accepting yourself for who you are
      and to honor your heritage even if humans think your a monster.
      And yes technically this dolls are fit but that doesn’t mean they have eating disorders to be perfect because they aren’t perfect and they all have there freaky flaws

  • Tea

    The fleshy sort of tone on that doll is just really throwing me off. Maybe if she were more of a nicely bleached white it wouldn’t look quite so unsettling. I prefer her without skin, though, I feel that having skin over that figure (sans muscle padding that is) would be even more “thinspo” than the usual dolls.

    Though a cool alternative would have been to give her the same shape as the rest of the dolls and have her bone effect be painted on.

    I’m rather torn between it being a neat idea and being just plain weird to look at.

  • Blooming_Babies

    I think she’s awesome and if you’re willing to pay twice the msrp she is readily avavlible on amazon. I think this extreme “body” is far less damaging then the Barbie body, and it sounds like you have a healthy little girl who would only get from this doll a sence that beauty is more than just your body. If you think about it she’s beautiful without any kind of body that’s sort of an amazing message.

    • Eve Vawter

      amazon! TY! hee hee

  • Rattata

    Hey, Barbie’s not just a model! She’s been a doctor, race car driver, veterinarian, astronaut, etc. It’s more like Ken is HER arm candy. And like ChopChick said, no one freaks out over Jack Skellington- my friend grew up in Mexico and doesn’t have negative body issues despite celebrating Dias de los Muertos because she never thought to compare her living body to that of a dead persons. If you make a big deal about the doll’s body over the rest of her features, then your daughter will too (just my opinion, though :p).

    • Eve Vawter

      haha, I understand, it’s just Dias de los Muertos is a celebration, this is a dolly. And sadly, the majority of girls in a certain age bracket, even when given a presidential Barbie, their play patterns aren’t “Barbie and her road to the White House”… they resort to “Barbie goes on a date” or “Barbie wears a pretty dress” what I said above is I’m happy my daughter plays differently, but the doll still sort of gives me pause. TY for commenting

    • ninapedia

      I don’t mean to revive a dead horse, but I think this is more the media’s fault than Barbie’s fault. Barbie- The “Life in the Dreamhouse” Youtube series and her movies- don’t really promote romantic relationships as the main plot. In the movies she’s usually saving the world, a kingdom, a prince etc. i.e. SHE’S the hero, and in the “Life in the Dreamhouse”- while this is more focused on fashion and “girl” things- her main goal isn’t to date (heck, i don’t think there’s been one date episode). I’m not saying Barbie is THE PERFECT ROLE MODEL but I do believe that Mattel goes to great lengths to show girls there’s more to life than dates.

  • Bee

    Um, she’s literally a SKELETON, not a skinny girl. If your daughter understands no one can have Barbie’s proportions, surely she understands no one can walk around with no skin or muscle or fat. Give your daughter a bit of credit, you are WAY over analysing it!

  • Travis McGee

    you are creeping me out…raising your daughter and sons to be feminists. Why not just let them be kids for awhile….~Mrs. McGee

    • Amanda Low

      Um, feminism isn’t some radical ideal…it’s the equivalent of her raising her children to be kind, compassionate humans.

    • Eve Vawter

      Yay Amanda thank you :)

    • Eve Vawter

      I let them be kids, just with a big understanding that everyone is equal regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, class, disability and GENDER. I don’t want to raise bullies. What Amanda said below :)

  • bumbler

    Just pop the head off and put it on another doll body.

    • Eve Vawter

      hahaha, that is such a mom thing to do <3

  • Cee

    Hmm.. projecting your issues much? I like Monster High. Its not the best, but it is a creative twist to teach kids about traditional scary monsters. Parents that love Halloween or scary movies really appreciate this show. Each monster on the show is the daughter of a traditional scary character…Clawdeen Wolf is the daughter of the Werewolf, Frankie Stein the daughter of Frankenstein on. The show revolves around their lives twisted with the limitations or powers they have based on their parentage. Could all the characters/dolls not be stick thin? Yes…which would have been a better issue to write about!

    Skelita has to do with Dia de Los Muertos, so she must be a skeleton. Have skeletons made girls anorexic? No! If a girl meant to be a skeleton had skin on her bones that would have been more problematic. Nobody in this world has the goal to look like a literal skeleton, but girls do have goals to be thin. So asking for this doll to have skin would have been worse.

    • Eve Vawter

      Yeah, I wrote in my article that I understand the monsters are monsters. TY for the comments and reading!

  • chickadee

    I think the maker is confused about the shape of the fibula — the bone is not, in fact, what gives the calf its rounded shape. THAT’s what bothers me most about this doll. She’s supposed to be a skeleton, so I am not troubled by her boniness.

    • Eve Vawter

      Oooo that’s interesting, I love how it bothers you in a scientific way.

    • copycait

      I agree, and the same comment about the rib cage suggesting breasts. I think if the doll was a straight-up regular skeleton, there would be no cause for feeling like this doll promotes an unhealthy body image. Which I agree it doesl

  • Jessie

    I find the Monster High dolls all kinds of effing adorable, I buy them for myself and I’m a grown woman, but… This one seriously kind of freaks me out. Not in an ‘OMG she’s going to send the wrong message’ kind of way, but just in a ‘this kind of squicks me out’ way. o_O
    I mean, I understand WHY she looks like that, but… Ehh. Coupled with the huge head, the GLARING anatomical errors, and the hair and makeup, that skeletal body is seriously freaking me out!

    I wouldn’t worry about her sending your daughter a ‘thinspiration’ message so much as possibly giving the poor girl some serious reservations about sleeping with the doll in her room at night! Haha!

    • Persistent Cat

      Agreed. I don’t think I could sleep knowing that was in the house.

    • Amielia Cube

      My Partner is a Tattooist and we have been looking for this doll cause we LOVE the Sugar skull look.

      after 4 hours and Countless stores, no one has had it, I hope its not cause of this Tripe. “body issues” when did Parents stop teaching their kids and leave it to dolls and tv.

    • Eve Vawter


      and speaking of sugar skulls, for mother’s day I got some amazing sugar skull cookie cutters :)

    • Amielia Cube

      Thanks so much :D

      oh wow that would be fun :D

  • CW

    You are okay with slutty-looking dolls wearing too much makeup and too little clothing but are worried about the skeleton one? I think you need to have a bit of perspective here.

  • Kelly myers

    are you freaking dumb seriously it’s people like you that ruined the original barbies . the purpose of these dolls is that they are freaking monsters they have absolutely shit all to do with eating disorders . i fear for your children i really do . The moment you start censoring what your daughter can and can’t have because your afraid she will have a eating disorder is the moment you have already lost her .

  • momma5

    If this creeps you out I guess Halloween is a definite no go in your house. I agree with the other posters here, she does NOT promote anorexia. She’s a skeleton. Did you sit in science class looking at pictures of skeletons and say, “Wow! I want to lose weight so I can look just like that!” I think not. Skeletons are a part of life. Mostly hidden, but they are always there. My kid plays with these dolls, and refuses Barbie because she is just too boring and typical. MH dolls promote exactly what she needs to see; that it is ok to be different. A year ago her cousin who bullies literally threw my daughter into a fireplace leaving a gash in her head which after the stitches, scarred. She didn’t like her stitches, and she didn’t like the scar. Every day she tried to use my makeup to cover it (and she’s only 5!) until we found Frankie Stein with all her stitches and scars. Now my kid doesn’t pay attention to it because if Frankie can be cool with them, then so can she. If you want to provide a positive outlook towards your daughter, then don’t ever say anything is wrong with the way anyone looks in front of her, including yourself. Its from the parents that kids get their body image ideas, not toys. Toys do not look in the mirror and say, “Ugh I’m so fat.” We do. So, if your kid wants a MH doll, go for it and instead of freaking out, use it the way it is intended to be used; a way to promote that flaws can be beautiful, and as a toy!

  • shannon

    shutup bitch. Ignorant dumbass, That’s all I have to say.

    • anabelle

      Really Shannon? Are you unable to have a discussion or do you always resort to name calling and attacks? People who do that show the world that they are actually the ignorant ones. How old are you?

  • ruchu

    I guess the werewolf and cat creature dolls promotes being hairy and not shaving then….

  • Jam

    Just so you know it’s “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), “Dios de Los Muertos” would translate to “God of the Dead”. In anycase, this doll pulls in some of the culture of Dia de Los Muertos by mixing the bright colors used on sugar skulls (which are placed on alters to honor passed loved ones) with the traditional Day of the Dead figures which ARE skeletons, often dressed as everyday people. In that respect, Skelita’s skeletal form fits perfectly.

  • Leila Baker

    As far as teaching tools go, I think you could use Skelita as a positive one. If you read the little journal that comes with her, there’s nothing in there about her body type (as far as I remember). She likes designing clothes and being with her family.

    You could discuss with your daughter that Skelita’s “body type” (in quotes because she’s a skeleton and in a class of her own) that her body isn’t the thing that makes her happy. Her family makes her happy, her clothing designs make her happy. Her body is a part of her and it doesn’t make her any more or less beautiful than someone that’s got a little or a lot of flesh on their bones.

    I’m not a mother, but I’d like to be one day. I played with Bratz when I was growing up and going through puberty and the thing that never made me feel pressured to be a certain body type (like overly skinny) was my mom reinforcing that you should be yourself and that any weight is fine as long as you’re healthy and happy.

    I will say though, that I hope Monster High puts out some thicker girls. They’d be just as cute and definitely reinforce their message of acceptance.

  • axecaliva

    “Skelita has beautiful dios de los muertos face paint, which is what my daughter had for Halloween.” Are you Latina? Regardless, “Dios” de los muertos facepaint isn’t a Halloween costume. If you’re worried about raising your daughter correctly, you should stop teaching her to appropriate culture.

  • kittsmcmitts

    Seriously, are you retarded? She’s a “day of the dead” “sugarskull” inspired doll. She’s SUPPOSED to look like a skeleton… She doesn’t say: I’m anorexic, or: I don’t eat at all! Shut your fat mouths and focus on more important things.

  • Mr. Dad

    I just saw an ad for these dolls on T.V. while watching cartoons with my son (I am his Dad).

    My initial reaction was that this doll looks anorexic. And yes I realize that the doll is actually bones and does not have flesh.

    I cannot believe how dismissive mothers have been and how they have taken such a BS high-ground, intellectualizing the package instructions “it doesn’t say anything about body image in the packaging” or even worse putting faith into Mattel. Suggesting that ChopChick must have problems with Halloween?!? I found the doll disturbing, but these comments really, really scare me.
    This is a flesh-covered skeleton, with a attractive head. A dead body, but a lively health looking head!! She can get dressed up in modern stylish clothes!!!

    This IS NOT the skeleton in your high school science class, what an absurd comparison!
    But no but your TRUST in Mattel– I am sure they have your child’s best interest at heart and are not concerned with what sells best– what can have a facade of the undead but truly represent an anorexic image.
    Absolutely floor but how brainwashed several of the commentors are!

    This doll may not cause anyone to become anorexic but simply…..WHY BUY IT?!?

    • Somegirl

      It’s not because you find the doll disturbing that it really is. You see a undead anorexic doll with make up and it’s irritating your adult mind. A child will probably see it at an unusual doll with pretty colors and interesting features since it’s not looking like a normal ”human” doll.

    • MEME

      The doll is a skeleton, not a flesh covered skeleton…

  • This guy

    Toy’s do not promote disorders, just like video games don’t make kids shoot up school.

  • Meg Merriet

    I have to agree that the doll presents a problem. It should be marketed to adults like the living dead dolls… not impressionable children. Jack from Nightmare before Christmas was not a pretty fashion doll, and male models do not have to look like holocaust victims to be successful. Lots of little girls like dolls and clothes and idolize models and the world of high fashion. The doll is harmless for most kids, but one little girl who goes into modeling and is told to get down to a size 0 might remember her doll, and think, “I can get as skinny as Skelita!” As one who has seen women waste away and die from the painful and slow disease anorexia, I find the beautification of a skeleton extremely disturbing. The majority of designers working in the fashion industry today will tell you that clothes look better on a skeleton, and this doll reinforces that notion.

    • Rebecca Pettigrew

      You’re projecting your own issues. The doll triggers painful memories for you. My negative body image came from television, magazines, and nasty little girls at school. The old Barbie was HIGHLY disproportionate, and it didn’t take rocket science to figure out that her body type was unattainable. The same with these dolls.

      I dislike Barbie’s clothes WAY more than her body shape.

  • The Voice of Reason

    you do know she is meant to Represent the celebration of dead Hence Mexico, not trying to tell your child “STARVE YOUR SELF” thats your job, teach your child what you want, don’t blame a awesome Doll like this. :I

  • mm34

    There have actually been studies that show the dolls young girls play with are the primary moulds of forming their ideals of beauty. Please don’t buy your daughter this doll.

    • Girl1

      The studies that you’re talking about are on Barbie dolls, which look like a normal human body way more than this brand of dolls, with exaggerated proportions. However, these dolls are a lot more excentric (pastel colored skin, oversized head, with wings or even tails) and I think that young girls won’t compared their body to the dolls. And obviously, a focus on body image by the parents could be more damaging than what dolls look like.

  • LocketAngel

    These dolls are not promoting anorexia. I have one and I’m nineteen (it’s for an art project of those repaints and such) And I unboxed her and the first thing I noticed was how freaky her body was shaped. My mom and I laughed for like an hour about her neck being at a forty five degree angle. These dolls are magical, in their movies they fight bad guys, beat pear preasure, and grow as people, all while promoting be yourself and be happy with who you are and what you look like. I think these dolls are great. I wish they had been around longer. As for the skeleton issue. It’s not a human, and your daughter should catch on to that. I grew up playing with dolls like barbies and bratz, and I’m overweight, not to mention I’m the most uncaring about what people think of my appearance. The important thing is instead of trying to instil in your kid that she shouldn’t expect to look like these dolls, is to instead teach her healthy eating habbits, teach her about calories needed to survive. Also, instead of serious talks, which kids hate (I still do :P) laugh at the fact their necks are strange, or the fact their heads are way to big. My dad always used to point that out. I grew up knowing these dolls were no different then cartoons, proportions that are so horrible they look right :P And remember the values these dolls teach. The teach individuality, acceptance of yourself and others, loyalty, fidelity, all the important morals for growing girls.
    For the record, my weight is my fault from liking junk food too much, so make sure she eats healthy, cause I don’t (Working on it! :P)

  • Julissa Pineda

    Calaveras in Spanish means Skeletons, and Skelita comes fro “Hexico” (Mexico). In Mexico they have a very strong tradition celebrating a holiday called Dia de Muertos, which means Day of the Dead, people celebrate that day (November 1st) with lots of parades, food, dances, people visit their dead relatives graves and even have a meal at the cemetery with them. The main character of this celebration is called “La Calaca” or “Catrina” which is a skull all nicely dressed up and decorated, in that date you will see skulls everywhere! if you google that holiday you will find out more about that tradition. Skelita Calaveras is pretty convenient for the Monster High theme, and more authentic than the other monster dolls cause she represents a real tradition which Mexicans are proud of. Hope my information helped a bit.

  • no

    Well hopefully your daughter turns out smarter than you and doesn’t think a doll of a character who is literally a skeleton is promoting anorexia
    Oops their bad for trying to keep the doll accurate to the monster it’s based off of, how dare they?

  • Emma Rose

    I definitely see where you’re coming from. I was Googling these dolls because I really want some for myself, and I LOVED Skelita when I saw her. Her make up is rad, and I just think it’s awesome that she is a SKELETON. But then I saw a picture of her without her dress, and I did a double take. I think what’s freakiest about her is not so much that she’s nothing but bones, but rather the way her bones are shaped. She doesn’t actually look exactly like a human skeleton. Her body is shaped in a way that it will still look like those of the other dolls when she is clothed. Her rib cage bows outward to resemble breasts, her pelvis juts forward in what I would guess is an attempt to compensate for her lack of a stomach/abdomen, and her fibulas (the bones behind the shin bones) are thicker than they should be (this may also be a result of the fact that the fibulas would probably break easily if made to resemble the real thing). I think that because of this, she might, at least at first glance, resemble a frighteningly underweight girl rather than a human skeleton.

    • Rebecca Pettigrew

      She’s made that way so she can share clothes with the other dolls…

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  • weat

    it SKELETON of course It going that body
    if you don’t like the body why did you buy it

  • Rebecca Pettigrew

    I don’t think this doll promotes anorexia anymore than Ghoulia promotes canibalism… They are monsters! My only complaint about them is how hard they are to make clothes for…

    I do think that her slight frame and bones may trigger unpleasant memories for you. And I absolutely understand that.

  • to steriotipical4 you own good

    You are WAYYYYY overacting, this whole feminist thing, and certain shows, and crud causes anorexia is a mostly, American thing, Kid who are raised by Non-American parents have a much better common sense, and don’t feel this was, in fact I think you might be pressuring your daughter to not act like this may lead her toward it in the end. And it’s an actual skeleton doll you and your stupid fears, with Bones not skin this could actually be educational for her ninny. Were my parents a from no one gets depression even though its a third world county, or eating disorders or really cares about their weight, the west is stupid like this sometimes. This stuff is in your head so get the frick over it!!!!

  • cindy

    Interesting….I’m 60 and got the first edition Barbie for my birthday. I think I was 6. Played with Barbies throughout my childhood. Despite growing up with body issues (not from the doll, but from my family, peers at school, media, relationships with men) l managed to, eventually, put everything in proper perspective. I played ‘mommy’ with baby dolls, but never had the urge to get pregnant at 12! I love the MH dolls. (I wish I had them as a kid. I would’ve chosen them over Barbie ANY DAY!) My 66 year old sister does, too…and she collects them!

  • MEME

    I see nothing wrong with this doll, when I immediately saw it, I automatically thought of the Mexican “Day Of The Dead” tradition, not anorexia, but I knew some would say this doll was promoting anorexia. She goes right along with the theme of the doll line, they are monsters, zombies, vampires, werewolf, ghosts, sea creatures, etc. she is a skeleton and it fits into the theme of the show.

  • Kristen

    It’s a doll…I’m honestly getting sick of hearing people say how a doll is going to make a child anorexic…it’s pretty silly to be honest…nobody looks at a big doll or a fat baby doll and says “omg this will encourage my child to over eat and be fat” a doll is a doll who cares if it’s not an exact duplicate of what we think a human body should look like, it’s not human it’s a doll…it doesn’t encourage anorexia, come on now…I don’t mean to be blunt but this is getting annoying….maybe they should come out with a big fat Barbie or Monster High doll then what will people say?

  • girl with a point

    But Skelita is SUPPOSED to be a skeleton. Not because it is “pretty” But because the point is to be who you are and she is a SKELETON because that’s a MONSTER. Little girls aren’t gonna look at her and wanna be like a skeleton chances are they’ll look at her and have nightmares. So the bottom line is (girls notice that their body is different than one of a skeleton.)

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  • Julianna

    As someone who grew up inthe Spanish culture celebrating Dia de los Muertos, I in no way see this as promoting an eating disorder or disordered eating. i am all about raising healthy children but anyone from the southwest, particularly an Arizona border town, knows that this doll comes straight out of a cultural phenomenon. I grew up playing with dead dolls, which is what Skelita was designed after. I think it is rather positive that Hispanic children now have something from thier culture in the main stream.

  • Babbie Abbie

    Okay I understand this monster high doll is super skinny but duh! She’s a skeleton you would have to be dead to look like that and I promise you that no child wants to look like that ( I’m collect monster high myself and have never known anyone to be influenced by the appearance of this doll

    Abbie xxxx
    Age 14 =3

  • Babbie Abbie

    Ah dam just noticed this site is for mums sorry just saw the comments and wanted to try and calm you all down a little xD


    I honestly don’t understand how anyone can be bothered by this. Too often, mothers get/feel insulted by the most TRIVIAL of things. What someone in your position would be doing, in truth, is taking an experience away from your child because you are too analytical and sensitive. I personally am not a fan of feminists, though I do think it’s good for children to know that they don’t have to be perfect and beauty is only skin deep -which is what Monster High is all about. Flaws being beautiful. If she understands that Barbie shouldn’t be seen as a role model, then she’ll understand the dangers of eating disorders and becoming so skinny that her actual bones become visible. Parents just LOVE blaming problems with their kids on the media and dolls, when in fact none of these things will hurt them as long as the PARENT(S) know how to teach and inform their kid(s) properly and insightfully, and limit the actual content that they see until a certain age. Parents are just too scared to PARENT these days. So sad. But I digress. As long as you teach the real message behind Monster High and these characters, that flaws can be beautiful and no one is perfect, then everything will be fine.