We’ve been too long without a Lea. MUCH too long. The problem has been this – after my tenth and twentieth featured Lea I did some fancy group shots. However, recently I’ve found that I’m just not motivated to do this any more and I don’t have enough time anyway. I’ve still been feeling kind of obscurely guilty about dropping it, though, and consequently I’ve kind of dragged my heels with doing posts about my favourite girl … well, no more. I need my Leas back!
Tonight’s Lea, Camp Rock Tess from 2009, was relatively high up on my hit-list and a lovely dolly friend helped me to find her. Blonde Leas are not hugely common, and for a long time I’d admired photos of her. I love her eyes, which are a very beautiful shade of blue and work so nicely with her colouring. Strangely, when my dolly friend wrote to me about her, he basically said “meh, she’s OK, not that pretty …” I thought, huh? We usually have similar tastes so I was surprised we didn’t agree about this one.
Then she turned up and I thought that I could see what he meant.
(This is the problem when I leave dolls for too long before posting about them – I’ve lost the photos I took of her in the box, you can see somebody else’s pic of this doll here if you are interested)
What I’d not realised was that Tess comes on a modern tween body, the ones that were used for the High School Musical dolls. Its a very strange and rather unflattering combination! I thought that her headmold looked much too old and slightly too big for this body. She did not look pretty, she looked odd. Added to this was the fact that her body encorporated a gizmo that made her sing (I hate this, they always do it unexpectedly when you’re handling them). i knew that I was going to have to change it.
I thought a Fashionista might actually make her head look too small, so I ended up putting her on a LIV. I think that this worked out great because its a smaller body than a full-size Barbie, in keeping with her teen theme. I also washed her hair through a little – it was stiff with that crazy gel stuff and (unlike the doll in the picture above) had a very round curl at the bottom which was not flattering either. I think she looks much better now, and happily her original outfit still fits her, although her three quarter length leggings are more like pedal pushers on her. Do you like her? I am very pleased. Thanks doll friend xxx