Monday, July 27, 2020

Royal Recommendation Results

I have a fairly large princess project on the horizon (not the next thing on my list, but perhaps later in the summer?), and I need your help!  Without revealing too much about the project itself, I'll tell you that I have Katie, Denika, Lenora, Danielle, and Madison molds to choose from for three of the characters.

I have my own opinions about which face should be which character, but I'd love to see if there's a consensus on who should be Belle, Cinderella, and Rapunzel.  I've attached pictures of each mold as a reminder.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll!  After 94 responses, I felt like a consensus was reached.  Results are after the jump.

There were 94 total replies, but I think some people only voted in one or two categories--which is completely fine.

Early in the poll, Danielle was the clear favorite for Rapunzel.  About mid-way through Katie emerged as a strong contender, but by the end a completely different result was reached:

So Rapunzel will be Denika.  I like that choice!

Cinderella and Belle were both competing for the same face, so things got a bit more complicated:

Lenora has a very royal face!

It was clear that Cinderella and Belle would be Madison and Lenora, but I wasn't immediately sure which doll to assign to which princess. Cinderella received the most votes for Lenora, but she also got more votes for Madison than Belle did.

In the end, I decided that Cinderella should be Lenora and Belle would be Madison.  I think that the Madison face captures a bit of Belle's spunky personality.

One overall observation is that Belle appears to be the hardest character to capture in a doll face.

Anyway, this collection won't show up for a while (still waiting on outfits), but at least now--thanks to all of you--I know how to prepare!

Here are examples of each face:


Thanks again!  Hope everyone's week was good.


  1. Hi! In my answers to the poll I was thinking of the Disney versions of the characters. I might not choose the same way if I were thinking of traditional versions. I'm eager to see how the dolls take on new life.

    1. Thank you so much for helping out with this! I'll just say that either your impression of the Disney character *or* the traditional version is valuable information. If you want, you could just comment here on how you'd think differently if you were ignoring Disney. :)

    2. Well, to me Madison is more classically beautiful, so if I weren't trying for Disney I might suggest her as Belle. And the fairytale Rapunzel is specifically portrayed in Disney as a lively and curious girl, which is why I chose a more smiling face, but if it weren't Disney I might choose one of the more serene faces. My personal bias is toward Katie, Lenora and Madison as "princess" types, but I always enjoy seeing what you do with the faces. You often bring out qualities I wouldn't have expected.

    3. I totally agree! I've been playing a kind of musical chairs with Lenora, Madison, Kate (and also Denika). On different days, each of them seems better suited for a specific character!

      I'm so glad you asked your original question, because I've been struggling with a similar issue: how to imagine a princess without necessarily deferring to the Disney films. It's hard! I have a few other images of Cinderella in my head (from things like the movie Ever After, the live action Disney film, and also other Cinderella dolls I own), but I don't have as many references for the other two.

      Anyway--thank you again for this awesome input!

    4. You're welcome! I think Disney has put distinct personalities on our idea of Beauty/Belle and Rapunzel, but not so much on Cinderella. But really you can reimagine them.

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    1. Thank you, Micah! I find this sort of thing really fun to think about, too.

  3. Oh! I'm excited for this project! I cast my votes, can't wait to see what you end up deciding on. :)

    1. Yay! Thank you, Molly! I'm excited, too.

  4. This was a fun challenge! I kind of had the Disney princesses in mine when I cast my votes. I went with Denika for Belle because Belle is usually drawn with a longer, more narrow face, and I like her calm and kind expression.
    I voted Lenora for Cinderella, because she has that delicate "princess" face.
    I struggled with Rapunzel, because she's my favorite. But I voted for Danielle because of her wider mouth and slightly awkward smile ^-^.
    I can't wait to see who you end up choosing for these girls! They're going to be beautiful!

  5. I like Denika and Lenora, I hope you use those regardless who they portray.

  6. That was fun! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  7. I too picked Lenora for Cinderella, because she has that beautiful sweet face that’s perfect for Cinderella. I struggled more with the other two. I thought that Denika could work well for both Belle and Rapunzel. In the end I chose Denika for Rapunzel and Madison for Belle. This was fun. Thanks for the chance to involve us slightly in one of your projects.

  8. Lenora's serene face just screamed (well, whispered) Cinderella to me!!! -Micah

  9. Sweet, my choices all won! Lenora is the most regal-looking and "adult" of the faces, and I always imagine Cinderella as a serene and mature-beyond-her-years princess.