Bratz Dolls, which were introduced in 2001, feature dramatic make-up. When they first shot to popularity, critics said they promoted unrealistic beauty standards.
When Bratz Dolls first debuted in 2001, people were unsure of what to make of the glam alternative to Barbie. Now, Twitter users are proclaiming that the heavily made-up dolls are the reason for today's hair and make-up trends.
A tweet published earlier this week shows pictures of the four original Bratz dolls along with the caption, 'These are the dolls we grew up with and we're expected to NOT be boujee?! YOU SEE THIS SLAY TEAM?!'
The dolls in question have dramatic eyebrows, full eyelashes, lip liner, and trendy clothing - much like some of the biggest young celebrities of today.
Seeing the future: Twitter users agree that Bratz Dolls, which were popular in the early 2000's, were crucial in influencing today's beauty trends
Uncanny! Kylie Jenner has repeatedly been compared to the big-lipped Bratz Dolls - even by her own sister
Prophetic! The dolls were originally slammed by mental health professionals for giving girls 'unrealistic expectations,' which women today go to great lengths to meet
When Bratz Dolls debuted, they were quickly recognized as edgier and more glamorous than other, similar toys.
Whereas Barbie and friends typically sport the 'no make-up-make-up' look, or else sweet, girly beauty, Bratz Dolls are decorated with bold, beauty-blogger-approved colors.
This hyper-styled appearance lead to widespread criticism of the dolls. Even the American Psychological Association added its two cents when, in 2007, they published a report saying the dolls were likely to give young girls unrealistic expectations about beauty.
Who wore it best? Singer Rihanna - known for her bold experimentation with hair and make-up - has a Bratz Doll likeness
Modeled after Gigi? Even aGigi Hadid, with her bright blue eyes and pouty lips, resembles the dolls
What a doll! Khloe Kardashian, with her beachy waves and angular brows, definitely has the Bratz Doll look - they're even wearing the exact same shade of lipstick
And, as it would turn out, young women have gone to great lengths to meet those expectations, with more and more young women following the lead of stars like Kylie Jenner by overlining their lips, painting on dramatic eyeliner, and sticking on false lashes.
'Bratz dolls were really ahead of their time,' reads one tweet about the phenomenon. 'They look just like a pack of Instagram models.'
'Bratz Dolls were f***ing prophetic honestly,' mused another. One more added: 'We learned from [the dolls]. Life imitates art. These dolls were out here doing cut creases and winged liner before we knew what it was.'
Some Twitter users even pointed to a Bratz computer game in which players did the characters' make-up: 'Let's not forget how they trained us.'
Beauty blogger-approved: The dolls, which feature dramatic eyeliner, falsie-like lashes, and full, bold lips, look Instagram-ready
Bad and boujee: Perhaps those who played with Barbie will have a more toned down style, but those who played with Bratz Dolls may have grown into Instagram beauty queens
Life imitates art: Some insisted that the Bratz Dolls had a direct influence how women do their hair and make-up today
Training day: One tweet pointed to a Bratz computer game that supposedly 'trained' girls to do their make-up like the glamorous dolls
The influence of Bratz Dolls' unique style is perhaps most evident in the fashion and beauty trends of today's young celebrities. Kylie Jenner has jokingly been referred to as a Bratz Doll in the past for her notoriously large lips.
In an April 2017 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kendall Jenner jokingly asked her younger sister, 'Does anyone ever tell you you look like a Bratz Doll?'
Even today's designers behind the Bratz Dolls recognize the similaries. In an interview with Broadly, one unnamed male designer gushed, '[Kylie] looks like a Bratz doll. She embodies the dolls.'
Still, Kylie isn't the only starlet to bear resemblance to the popular line of dolls. Bella Thorne, Ariel Winter, Rihanna, and even Jenner's half-sister Khloe Kardashian all regularly rock the Bratz Doll's trademarked look: dramatic eye make-up, manicured eyebrows, and a bold matte lip.
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