Well……not really, but for us dolls, it may as well be. Hi! Carla here. One of the nice things about living in the house is that all of us dolls get to wear sophisticated clothes… You know….furs, red carpet gowns, the latest Paris fashions……and the color BLACK. We love it in pants, tops, skirts, coats, jackets, and especially evening clothes. And we love it when it’s cut from silk, satin….and even leather! But wearing all of this at a cost….. It’s called….STAINING!!!!! And it is not pretty!
This disease of epidemic proportions first came to April’s attention last spring. After wearing my gorgeous fur coat all winter long (and it was a very long, hard winter), I finally took it of. To my horror—there were marks on my arms! At first, April thought I tiptoed outside and got tattoos. I argued back, “Why would a doll so gorgeous as myself do something like that?” We couldn’t imagine where the marks came from. April went on the online and discovered the problem was called staining which is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs between certain dark toned fabrics and our vinyl skin. Apparently, it is a rampant problem throughout doll communities all over the globe! I had read about it, but never expected this to happen to me. Okay, so I know April could photoshop the marks out of my pix, but still….. I thought….marked for life!!!! I cried. April promised she’d find a solution. Of course some of the other girls who are jealous of me just stood by and smirked. Those smirks soon turned into looks of horror.
April sometimes, falls in love with how we look in certain clothes and hasn’t been changingus as often as she should! So after a year and a half of Renee wearing that same red couture dress (made from a man’s necktie), Renee was finally booked for a photo shoot. Thrilled, she anxiously stepped out of the gown and to her horror…..marks all down her thighs where the gown touched her skin. She was lucky. The top part of the gown was lined.
Oh but when Latoya finally removed the over-the-knee stretch leather spats she had been refusing to abandon, the calves of her legs were blue!!! Dinosaur tears filled her eyes. “I’m ruined for life,” she cried. “My modeling career is over!” Anna, who LOVES her leather gear, slipped off her coat and noted marks on her shoulders. She, on the contrary, was delighted! “Cool tattoos!!!” April was NOT amused. There were also black marks on Tamron’s arms (we’re not sure of the culprit) and Nadja’s hands looked “a little dirty.”
Those of us with “the ailment” had to undergo a very special treatment. We were smeared with acne creme then placed in the sun.
For me, the treatment lasted about 8 days and I must say, I am pleased with the results. But so much of Latoya’s legs were stained, April thinks it will take at least two weeks before she’s healed. That said, I am very happy to report that I have completely healed and am back to work…dressed in white!!!
April has promised to line all of the black garments with a flesh tone if possible. But in any case, she’s promised to change our clothes more often!!!
And so you ask…how do I feel about dark clothes? Now that I know there’s a cure (or at least a remedy), I have no plans to give up my dark garments. Besides…I have to keep my options open for the New Year’s Ball!!!