I’ve got a new favourite Fashionista. Up until now, my favourite Fashionista was Raquelle in her earlier “clutch” incarnation with the hot pink frilly shirt, the pleather trousers and the piano handbag, but I think that this Raquelle is even better. I love the stylish, unBarbielike combination of black hair, heavy eye makeup and nude lips, and this version is even more panda-eyed and paler-lipped than before. As you know, I love Brunette dolls and I love pale dolls (although I’d like it more if she was paler yet). If only she was smirking instead of grinning, I’d probably be granting her a doll drawer all of her own.
I found my sparkly favourite online for a good low price, so I ordered her straight away. I think she looks so Amazon-ish – like the kind of girl who does a martial art and rides horses, cleaned up and dressed up for a night out. Maybe they should have given her a muscly, Get Real Girl kind of body, it would have suited her. Anyway, then I spotted sparkly Raquelle for sale at a bigger discount whilst out shopping, so I decided that I might as well pick up a second version to rebody one of my paler Basics with. I deboxed them both at the same time tonight to take some “twin” pictures before beheading one of them, but when I did, guess what?
My plans were scuppered. As you might be able to see, there’s a clear difference between the two. The doll on the left, who I bought from the shops, is much fuller-lipped and her lips are a slightly pinker shade. She also has slightly brighter eye highlights. Now I’m planning to keep them both because of this difference, and the poor old Basics will just have to hang on a little longer. I checked the Raquelle boxes – both were manufactured in China, so it’s not down to different manufacturing techniques in different countries, although I suppose there could be more than one factory producing these dolls, each with a slightly different interpretation. Maybe shop to shop there is often a noticeable difference between dolls that are meant to be identical, and I’ve just never noticed because I don’t usually buy identical versions of the same doll at different shops and then take them home to compare them. Has anybody else noticed this before?
Anyway, back to Raquelle. This isn’t the first time I’ve chickened out of beheading a Raquelle. While the “fur” wave was on general release I picked up a couple for rebodying purposes and only ended up using one, I kept the other. Once I had her, I really liked her. The tomato soup colour of her lips in this wave made her look even more pale than usual, and that strange pinkish dress looks great on her.
At first, Raquelle’s hint of racial ambiguity irritated me slightly, as I suspect that she is meant to suggest an Asian doll without actually looking Asian at all (as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve often seen her in Asian doll groups on Flickr and the like, and thought “eh”?). Now I choose to think of her as a white doll, but a rather unusual-looking one with her dark hair and eyes and her pallor. Well, I love a bit of Gothic glamour and I’ll be interested to see how Raquelle looks in future waves, even more so since this one.