“Inspired is a spontaneous development and a response to an idea we wish to explore through dolls. Expect to see an evolution of concepts and interpretations of classic and beautiful dolls we know. Inspired dolls are numbered limited editions exclusive to My Doll Best Friend”.
We have often been asked if we could make a Kidz ‘n’ Cats doll dressed in contemporary clothing with the same warm brown skin colour as the much-loved, rare doll, “Kiki“. Kiki was the only Kidz ‘n’ Cats doll ever to be made with a brown vinyl, and that was in 2013. Kiki won the People’s Choice Award and was nominated for a DOTY (Doll Of The Year) award. Her precious glowing brown skin, dark brown eyes and long dark brown hair have been sorely missed for years. In 2016 we were very fortunate to become the exclusive European retailer for the South African brand, Fun In Faith. These dolls are also attributed to Sonja Hartmann and have the same mould as the ‘classic‘ Kidz ‘n’ Cats doll shared by Kiki. They have warm brown vinyl and fabulous storybooks and gift packages. They focus on the Old Testament and its teachings, bringing those stories to life through the little booklets, and of course doll play. Their clothing is wonderful for historical role-play, but what we were hearing from many customers is that they really wanted the doll to be wearing modern clothing!
It was from this beginning that we created a brand of dolls that would arise from our creative impulse. We have called it Inspired.
If Chosen is My Doll Best Friend’s response to your request for the dolls of your dreams to come true, then Inspired takes its originality from our urge to be creative.
For our first Inspired collection we wanted to create two fabulous limited edition dolls that are stunningly beautiful, dressed to charm, and with stories to delight.
The dolls have the Kidz ‘n’ Cats body-type and the warm brown coloured vinyl of Kiki. They come with named and numbered Inspired limited edition certificates to prove the authenticity of your Inspired doll. We’ve also had their story and photo printed and put inside their box as a keepsake. These Inspired dolls are collectors’ dolls, absolutely exclusive to My Doll Best Friend.
The clothing worn by the Inspired dolls is designed by Rosemarie Ionker for the German brand Boneka, and made in their premises in Indonesia. Rosemarie Ionker is very well known in the doll collection world for her exquisite and high quality doll clothing design.
Rosemarie’s career spans decades of fashion design and not just for dolls. After graduating from art school in Cologne and the Hamburg Institute for Fashion, Rosemarie made a name for herself in Germany. We are thrilled that Rosemarie threw herself into this project and we love her designs!
Meet the Inspired dolls
Infanta Cristina is limited to 21 dolls, and Soona’ of Cozumel is limited to 25 dolls. Both dolls are exclusive to Inspired at My Doll Best Friend. Inspired dolls have purely fictional back stories researched to lend authenticity.
Infanta Cristina is the eldest child of Queen Stefanie and King Juan Carlos II of Spain. For many years she was the presumed heir to the Spanish throne and known as Princess Cristina of Andorra. Just as she reached the age of 8 years her parents rejoiced in expecting a new baby and sibling for Cristina. On 10th March 2018 her parents welcomed baby Prince Carlos into the world, and the Spanish people took three days holiday to celebrate their joy at the birth of the new male heir to the Spanish crown. Cristina had long been teased by her jealous cousins about the prospect of this happening, but now it was a reality: she was no longer a princess.
A short distance away from the mainland of Europe, separated by the English Channel and at a time when Cristina was four years old, the British monarchy was asking parliament to pass a law of succession Succession to the Crown Act 2013 (c. 20) in the wake of the impending birth of a child to The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. It was passed, and it altered the laws of succession to the British throne. Male-preference primogeniture was replaced with absolute primogeniture for those born in the line of succession after October 2011, which meant the eldest child regardless of gender would precede his or her siblings.
For young Princess Cristina it had been her secret wish during the preceding nine months of her mother’s pregnancy that the Spanish Cortes would also pass an act that would make women in The House of Bourbon-Anjou, equal to men. Everyone knows the Spanish Crown is a hereditary constitutional institution where the monarchy serves as a symbol of unity and culture to Spanish people. Cristina stood in front of the mirror to dress herself in the pretty floral dress that had been laid out for her last night; her favourite pink leather Spanish sandals, and then she placed the finishing touch of a large spotty bow in her hair, as befits an Infanta, she thought. She recognised her image this morning, but no longer was certain of her destiny. Now an Infanta with a brother who was a prince, the spotlight had swivelled to him and left her in his shadow. This was out of her control, and the thought occurred to her that perhaps her life might always be defined by circumstance. In the next moment a little voice must have whispered a truth in her ear, for she moved from the mirror and softly but audibly, uttered to herself “I have value beyond this title, and I will not be defined by what I am not”.
The poem ‘Not’ was written in 2014 by an Australian woman named Erin Hansen, when she was 19 years old.
You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the colour of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak.
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried.
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the one that you call home.
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of.
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not
Infanta Cristina’s story. Infanta leaflet Online
Soona’ of Cozumel’s story. Soona’ leaflet
Soona’ lives on the Caribbean Mexican island of Cozumel and is descended from the Maya peoples. She returns to the ancient Mayan ruins of San Gervasio after school where her uncles are Mayan tourist guides, and her parents sell beautifully embroidered dresses and table cloths to the tourists who visit their little gift shop. Due to popular demand they have recently opened an online shop called SoonaOtomi. Soona’ sits herself down with her maguey embroidery hoop, adjusts the flower in her hair which is starting to dry out in the heat, and starts to embroider whilst imagining a past she’s learning about at school that she’s told existed at these ancient temple ruins five hundred years ago…
The papers in the civic town hall tell an interesting story about a woman named Maria del Carmen who left the mainland of Mexico by canoe with her parents in 1518, age 9. She did so in pursuit of the temple of the goddess Ix Chel, an aged deity of childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. The voyage to this place of worship was treacherous, so when the new arrivals brought the canoe ashore there was relief to see the moonlight reflecting on the “sacbes” (ancient white roads made of crushed white seashells) which would light the way to San Gervasio where the temple lay. The moonlight danced on the sacbes. Pilgrims arriving in the day waited for nightfall to see the path that would guide them to the temple.
Soon after Maria del Carmen arrived on the island, there was a terrible outbreak of smallpox brought from Europe on a Spanish ship that had stopped at Cozumel. The island’s 10,000 inhabitants were reduced to 186 men and 172 women. Maria was lucky to survive, although now an orphan. She made weaving fibre for textiles from the Maguey crop, and lived at San Gervaiso. She became a leader of women, sharing her knowledge of crafts, medicine and culture.
Soona’, herself now age 9, takes a keen interest in the history of her beloved island of Cozumel and is proud of her indigenous name meaning, ‘Moon’, for the Mayan people worshipped the moon. Taking a break from her craft, she walks the long white path down to the sea. She stands on the sacbes at the farthest limit of San Gervasio beside the shore where Maria del Carmen would have first stepped when she arrived five hundred years before. Bending down, Soona’ sets a bottle she brought with her into the sea. It contains a scribbled piece of paper she wrote on earlier.