I've been getting Thea Groovy Girls at thrift stores whenever I find one that's fully dressed. They're pretty cool, a nice size for playing with, dressed fashionably but not over-sexualized — one is wearing a "Chicks rock!" T-shirt — and they come in a variety of races. I got Thea the Asian, African-American, and Hispanic (or at least brunette) ones, and while she loves her horses most, she does play with them occasionally, which means I get to keep my liberal street cred.
Then I found a princess wearing a purple dress, Thea's favorite color. I originally got it for a five-year-old friend who loves princesses, but had forgotten that her birthday party was of the "no gifts, please" variety. So I gave it to Thea for being brave during picture day last week.
Thea LOVED it, mostly because of the long, purple dress. Now she doesn't like her other Groovy Girls, because "they're not pretty" like her princess is. Her white, blond, girly princess. ARGH.
After an unsuccessful search to buy the other dolls froofy dresses, I tried to make some. Alas, my sewing skills are severely lacking. I even had a team of people helping me on Saturday night, and we still couldn't make anything that met with Thea's approval. I'm out of ideas, but also very irritated that all the Groovy Girl princesses are white. WTF?