Bratz dolls changing lives in Midhurst

Jeannette Sutton surrounded by the restyled Bratz dolls PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT kks1500212-1 SUS-150615-182734008
Jeannette Sutton surrounded by the restyled Bratz dolls PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT kks1500212-1 SUS-150615-182734008

A MIDHURST artist has started a groundbreaking project to help victims of child trafficking reclaim their lives.

When Jeanette Sutton chanced upon a box of Bratz dolls in a charity shop, she was inspired to ‘recycle’ and sell them to raise money for Love146, a non-profit international human rights organisation working to end child trafficking.

Jeannette Sutton with the dolls she has restyled PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT 1500212-2 SUS-150615-182722008

Jeannette Sutton with the dolls she has restyled PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT 1500212-2 SUS-150615-182722008

“I saw a video on how artist Sonia Singh bought old dolls, changed their faces and made new clothes for them,” said Jeanette. “I loved the idea that the faces of these dolls, so unsuitable, considering their target market, could be changed to be what they should be – normal little girl faces. I was excited because I support a charity which restores a child’s life again after exploitation of the worst kind, Love 146. The Round Home, run by the charity, needs money to make a secure place in the Philippines for rescued girls where they can be properly treated.”

Jeanette is hoping to raise $250 for the charity. Her blog can be found at Dolls for change and dolls can be ordered from 01730 817150.

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Jeannette Sutton's dolls

Jeannette Sutton's dolls

The new shoes PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT 1500212-3 SUS-150615-182754008

The new shoes PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT 1500212-3 SUS-150615-182754008

The heavily made up doll PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500212-9 SUS-150615-183012008

The heavily made up doll PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500212-9 SUS-150615-183012008

The fresh faced doll with her new hair do PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500212-10 SUS-150615-183044008

The fresh faced doll with her new hair do PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500212-10 SUS-150615-183044008