A professional writer and photographer used little a imagination and some Internet scouring to make her son the doll of his dreams. It had been a whole year since six-year-old Miles started asking his mom, Gina DeMillo Wagner, for an “American Boy” doll for his birthday.
As Gina wrote on her blog her son Miles, only had two toy requests for his special day: Lego and an American Boy Doll.
The cute blond six-year-old saw his older sister get a customized American Girl doll and he wanted one which would look like him.
For the creative, mom this wasn’t an out-of-the-ordinary request. Gina’s kids always ignored gender-specific “rules” about toys. “I wasn’t surprised. He has an older sister, and they play together every day,” she wrote on her website. She loves playing superheroes and various sports with him, and he loves playing My Little Pony and American Girl with her.”
But there was one problem. There is no American Boy doll. It doesn’t exist.
“At first I tried to explain to him that they just don’t make American Boy dolls,” Gina said. “I thought he’d eventually lose interest and move on, but he kept asking…and asking. Then, a good friend of mine jokingly said,”Could you not just give a girl doll a haircut?'”
Then she got an idea.
Gina searched the Internet, and she found a doll that looked like her son. On eBay and Craigslist, she saw a used 18-inch doll that was still in tip-top shape. The “Madame Alexander” doll was $25 and without the hair bow and hot pink lipstick, looked like little Miles.
Once she had the doll in her hands, she searched YouTube for videos for putting wigs on dolls. But as she says she decided to try cutting the hair as it’s finer and easier to cut and style. She also explained that was the hardest part, as there’s no going back once you make the snip.
She used acetone, to remove the doll’s lipstick and blush, and scissors to trim the eyelashes. She bought the “boy clothes” on Etsy, which would replace the original cheerleader outfit.