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American Girl Characters Grown Up? A Glimpse Inside… Julie Albright’s Natal Chart!

23 Sep

Greetings GenNext readers!

American Girl is a doll brand that is known for historical and contemporary lines of dolls, such as Beforever, Willie Wishers, and Girl of the Year, that are designed to relate to girls today as well as teach life lessons. There are thousands, even millions of people, who have become fans of the brand since the company’s debut in 1986. The target age of American Girl is between 5 and 14. They have doll lines for every single age group. However, there are many adult fans, like myself, who grew up with the brand and still love it. Some adult fans are drawn to the positive and empowering message American Girl sends. Many adult fans are drawn to the historical line because it makes them nostalgic.

Of course, the heart of the brand are the characters.

Because many of the books are told from a 9-12 year old perspective, many fans often wonder: Who will the American Girls be when they grow up?

Of course, they are just fictional characters. Any of their futures can be written. Samantha’s was sort of written in The Titanic (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time) . 

But there wasn’t a whole lot of details in the book.

Despite the fact the stories are fiction, the stories were inspired by real people and the events they live through are very real or realistic as well.

It’s natural for people to be curious.

Even if we never get a book series about the characters’ adult lives, there is a way we can find out without having to wait for a book series: Through the Natal Chart!

I have actually been studying the American Girls’ natal charts for TEN (10) years now. I’ve been contacting authors to get more information about their birth times and I’ve been rectifying their birth charts. I have been working hard to piece together the American Girls’ lives. Even now, I’m working on this project.

And my findings were very enlightening.

I was inspired to want to do an article after I read a review about American Girl’s 1970s character Julie. The article focused on “Generation Xers” and how Julie teaches some often sad lessons about their growing up years.

Lessons from American Girl Dolls: The Divorce Generation by 

Three paragraphs in the article stood out to me.

We never know why Julie’s parents have divorced, which shouldn’t really surprise us. The stories are told from the child’s perspective and, as Judith Wallerstein’s research on children of divorce revealed, most children never fully understand why their parents have split. Julie, a spunky, adaptable child, does learn resilience, but I found myself wondering, as Wallerstein does, how Julie will learn “to create a long term loving relationship, how to resolve family conflict, how to build trust, when to compromise, when to stand firm, and as [she] grows, how to choose a lover and how to commit to another with realistic hope that it can last?”

Wallerstein’s question points to the yawning gap in Julie’s story. We learn only about the first year after her parents’ divorce. The book does not describe the life long shadow of divorce in Julie’s life. How will Julie traverse between two worlds as she matures, hopefully go to college (if either parent can help her pay for it), perhaps get married, and even raise children herself while negotiating the reality of her parent’s split worlds? As a Gen Xer in 2013, Julie would likely now be helping her divorced, Baby Boomer parents think about Medicare and aging, agonizing about how she will practically, financially, and emotionally handle caring for either or both of them should they become sick or debilitated, and taking care of her own kids. Not to mention what her obligations might be for any stepparents in her life.

I also found myself wondering about Julie’s inner life. What does she think about the big questions in life? Does she believe in God? Might she have become more or less religious after the upheaval of her parent’s divorce? Sociologist Melinda Lundquist Denton revealsthat many children of divorce will experience a change in their religious lives, but we hear nothing about Julie’s. I recently co-wrote a report, Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?, in which we present more than a dozen family scholars and theologians addressing the impact of divorce on the long term expression of faith. The finding was that people who came of age in an era of widespread divorce mark the beginning of a generation that often claims to be “spiritual but not religious.” Yet, children of divorce became “a kind of broken leading edge,” with spiritual stories quite often characterized by loss or suffering.

It’s interesting you brought this up Amy!

And the points I highlighted? That’s similar to what I’ve been analyzing in ALL of the American Girls’ charts! I decided that I would share my findings with other American Girl fans. This will just be for study, just to share some knowledge I gained.

I plan on actually doing a natal chart review for all of the American Girls, but I decided I would start with Julie since she is the character that inspired the article.

I will do a poll to see which character to do next at the end of this article. Any newer American Girl characters that come out within the next couple of years will have to wait unfortunately.

I have observed the contemporary characters as well. However, American Girl has told me they don’t have birthdays for all of the Girl of the Year characters. I’ve only analyzed the ones that do. Furthemore, a lot of them would still be children today, so we’d basically be predicting a future that hasn’t come yet. Though we’re predicting the Beforever characters’ “futures”, we kind of already know the results of their “events”.

Still, I’ve discovered some interesting things that could possibly influence even the contemporary characters as they age. But I’ll save it for another study.

For now, I will be focusing on Beforever characters.

I’m not going to focus on their Best Friends for three reasons:

  1. They don’t have enough development and information to do a proper rectification. They only had one book each.
  2. All of the other lead Beforever characters don’t have best friend character dolls, so it wouldn’t be fair. Marie-Grace and Cecile are an exception because both acted as lead characters in their own stories and had their own friends.
  3. I figured I could put the best friend characters in with the lead character somehow, since they are usually connected with the lead character in some way.

Now, on to Julie!

The following article will be my brief review of Julie’s chart and her potential adult life.

When thinking of the American Girls as adults, I had to think to myself: What is the difference between the life of an adult and a child? What makes an adult?

I thought of these several differences:

Career and work or Higher Education

Relationships (Romantic partners)

Marriage life

Pregnancy

Children

Family and Home-making

Adult Children with Aging Parents

Religion

*The following review may contain SPOILERS.

 

 

 

Sagittarius Rising

The “rising” sign is always connected with the first house. The first house tell us our “querent” or what we seek in life. It is our outlook and how we see ourselves in the outer world. It represents our outer life.

Julie will always be a person who wants to explore what life has to offer. She will have the full high school experience and will want to have a full adult experience (meaning she will go to prom, have her first boyfriend, go to college, drink when she’s 21, etc).

She will always be on the move. Julie will be more outgoing as she gets older and is able to do more by herself and get around more without permission. As a teenager, she probably won’t spend much time at home. As an adult, she may move far away from her parents or hardly see them due to her travels. There is definitely a lack of stability sometimes.

It’s likely she will move around a lot. She will be restless. She might have several homes in several different cities, states, or countries! This could be a burden on her partner and especially her children unless they enjoy traveling with her. She might just enjoy taking long vacations and having great adventures with partner and children.

She might be interested in foreign cultures or exotic religions. She would definitely be interested in going to college. By the time she’s of college age (1984), she will have more opportunities to go to University and pick up a study of her choice than other Beforever American Girls. More than likely, she will take up any study that gives her the opportunity to travel or meet foreign people. She might even go to University in another country for some time.

Because of Sagittarius’s ruling planet Jupiter, expansion on a physical level is likely. Julie may gain some weight as she ages.

She may be someone who acts childlike even as she gets older. She has a positive but idealistic view of the world and she might seem to lack seriousness, even as an adult. She might have quite a bit of letdowns, but her positive attitude will be able to see her through the most trying circumstances.

Extroverted rising signs are considered quite attractive. She will definitely attract a lot of people to her in her lifetime. Julie might enjoy throwing parties, which could make her rather popular. And Julie will probably invite everyone, no matter the background!

Jupiter’s sign, house, and aspects are important to analyze to get a fuller picture.

Julie’s Sagittarius Rising quotes:

Everything will turn out groovy. I just know it. -Julie at American Girl.com

Even though change is hard, it brings the chance to grow. -Julie at American Girl.com

I’m bright and sunny on the outside, but on the inside, I’m a real fighter. -Julie at American Girl.com

I try to make everywhere I go a little brighter.”- Julie at American Girl.com

“I keep every day colorful by looking on the bright side.“- Julie at American Girl.com

 

House 2: Capricorn

As Julie gets older, she will become practical, responsible, and cautious about spending money. Her children might find her to be strict with handing out money, but she will just be interested in knowing where her money is going. Julie will have few items to truly call her own throughout her life. Living in an apartment for most of her life, and having to figure out what she should pack from going to both parents’ homes, might have taught her to live simply. She will expect that of her own family.

However, she may have a few items that show off her and her family’s status, like trophies, certificates, and other accolades lying around the house or put up in a decorated and special place.

As far as earning money, Julie could inherit money or valuable possessions from her parents or grandparents, especially from her father and father’s side of the family, but she will definitely make sure that she’s in control of her own money and is capable of making her own money. She’s not likely to rely on a spouse or her parents to make ends meet. She will have this opportunity more than other Beforever girls who come before her.

Julie will more than likely become an important figure in life and could probably make money from her social standing alone. Julie might make money by giving financial guidance or counseling. She might be good at giving financial advice. Her resourcefulness will come in handy as she gets older. She might work in marketing, financial departments, at a bank, etc and make money from that at some point in her life.

Julie could go for being the boss of a company or her own company. She’d definitely be interested in being an authority figure or climbing the ladder in her field. It’s likely she will make some money from it.

Julie might develop some skills she learned from her parents and make money off of that. She could seek to be a basketball player, based off the skills she learned from her dad, and get far. It’s likely Julie will play basketball in high school. She may get a scholarship out of it.

She could take useful business skills from her mother.

Being a politician is also an option, but she would definitely choose a solid profession before she’s old enough to run for office.

Despite Julie’s entrepreneurial spirit, she’s not likely to go into a profession that’s out-of-the-box. She might choose a job that’s very “real” and promises retirement, health benefits, and security.

Saturn’s sign, house, and aspects are important to analyze to get a fuller picture.

 

House 3 Aquarius

The third house rules over siblings (even adult siblings), neighbors, the community, and communication.

Julie will be very progressive as she gets older. It’s likely, even at the time she’s a young adult (1980s-1990s), some of her ideas will be unusual and unique. She would have the ability to make changes in the world around her. She might use her voice to speak on issues and try to encourage changes in the world around her.

She could become an inventor or she could work with communication inventions. She might play a part in social media or cell phone technology. She might have many ideas on how to improve these forms of communication.

Julie will continue to have an unusual relationship with her sibling. She may be able to be as quirky and unusual around Tracy as she wants to be, even as she gets older.

She might still feel different from Tracy in many ways. At some point in life, they will develop completely separate and independent lives. Tracy will more than likely go off to college or move out before Julie, which will allow them to develop differently. Their lives will eventually seem nothing alike.

Tracy might always find Julie to be the unique one in the family. Julie might take on causes and ideas Tracy doesn’t really understand at the moment, but eventually everyone will get it.

Julie has a very scientific mind and can work with scientific ideas and studies if she chooses to. Her mind is always thinking ahead.

Julie might live in a very unusual neighborhood and might have some strange or aloof neighbors. If not, her neighbors might consider her unusual or the odd one in the neighborhood. She might be rather detached from her neighbors, being friendly but not really caring what’s going on with them. She might not want to get too personal. Neighbors might have the latest security devices and technology, as well as interesting holiday decorations. Heck, Julie might choose a neighborhood to live in simply for its unique points. Julie might be involved in Block Clubs or community events. There may be a neighborhood watch wherever she moves.

Wherever Julie moves, it’s not going to be a boring place. She might like living in a city her whole life, but if she moves to a suburban area, she would like her block to be unique. In a rural area, she would stand out because she would make sure she’s up-to-date with the latest technology.

Saturn and Uranus’s signs, houses, and aspects are important planets to analyze to get a fuller picture.

 

House 4 Pisces

Having this position, it’s likely Julie’s home would be connected with water in some way. She might continue to live in California, where she could be near the beach. She might live in a location right off the ocean, a lake, or river. If not, she would probably have an aquarium or a pool. If Julie doesn’t live near water throughout most of her life, she might decide to live with a water view as she grows old. Having water near her home would always be a selling ticket for her.

She would also like everyone to have access to the different rooms in her home. She wouldn’t want feet to be a problem. She’d probably have many sofas and chairs where people can kick up their feet.

She might live in a very spiritual home or near a spiritual area. Her home might be a very tranquil place, a place to unwind. Julie will want the ideal home. Julie might eventually develop a very spiritual home as she grows older.

Julie might have quite the bohemian life where even her home isn’t as solid as others’.

Julie’s home might have a lot of fragile trinkets in them, such as glass figurines.

Julie might have many forms of entertainment to help her and her family escape the world. This could come in the form of movies, music, fantasy books, and plenty of art.

Throughout Julie’s life, she will make sacrifices for her family. She will give up everything she wants and desires for her family. She will forgo all of her plans if it means making her family happy and more secure. She would end up being a selfless parent. Everyone’s feelings and needs would come before her own. She would never complain about it, even if she feels tired. Hopefully, her family recognizes her breaking points and shows mercy on dear mom Julie.

More than likely, she’d end up being the daughter caring for her parents as they age. She might even move in with one of her parents or have them move in with her. She will not be able to refuse if they need her.

Julie may have felt she grew up with a weak and ineffectual family because of the divorce. This will affect Julie’s own family. When she starts to develop her own family, she may have issues with being an effective mother figure. There may not be enough boundaries in the home. All responsibilities might fall on one person or there may not be enough communication about roles and responsibilities. Members of the family may not think about personal space. The whole house might be run by too many people. There may be too many people living within the home. Many people who enter the home might find it to be chaotic somehow.

The home may also often be a little messy. It’s not likely Julie will keep to a rigorous cleaning schedule (especially if she’s set to be an important figure who is always on the go, moving around). This isn’t to say she will be dirty or junky all the time, but she will sort of go-with-the-flow. She might rely on her children or spouse to help with chores and they may not really deliver what they promise or they may do a sloppy job.

Afraid of disappointing her family, Julie may not lay down the law as often as she should. She may be afraid of being critical and hurting her family’s feelings. She really fears breaking her family apart. But actually, by not setting boundaries, she could create the damage she wants to avoid.

In order to bring her family closer, Julie might have her family volunteer together with her. She might get them listening to music and dancing during family nights. She might indulge in spiritual practices with her family. This may not necessarily be religious, but she will want to build her family’s faith in the world in some way. Seeing as Julie wasn’t raised in a religion, it’s likely she will just believe in a general universal being that cares for others and may not care to follow any particular practices regarding that belief. It’s likely she believes in many Christian beliefs since that’s the dominant belief of the country, but she may also be interested in tales or spirits and other mythological beings. She has also shown interest in astrology and may share her findings with her family.

She will not only enjoy watching movies with her family, but filming her family during important events. As the video camera becomes more publicly available in her adult years, she’s will more than likely want one.

Julie may try to create an atmosphere of kindness, compassion, and creativity in her home.

As Julie ages, she may develop confusing feelings about her country (with events like the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the election of Donald Trump), Julie may constantly have conflicting feelings of love and hate for her country.

Jupiter and Neptune are planets that need to be analyzed to get a fuller picture.

Saturn in Pisces

With this position, Julie might have a hard time dealing with day to day life. She might constantly feel out of touch with the world around her and may drift in many places before finding herself. It may be hard for her to feel as successful as she would like early in her life. This could mean she has a hard time keeping a home, starting a family, developing successful relationships, keeping a job, etc. All of it might seem extra stressful.

Throughout life, Julie will have lessons in overcoming irrational but deep fears caused by her past, overcoming oversensitivity and negative emotions, a wandering imagination, and setting boundaries. Too often, Julie will let people into her life who will use her and take advantage of her. Too often, Julie will forgive and forgive until other people have basically stopped caring about her needs. She will be afraid to hurt others, and yet she will hurt others because she’s afraid. Julie also feels responsible for everybody, even when she doesn’t have to be. She feels obligated to help people when they’re suffering, and as she gets older, she might overassist.

Julie has some scars from the past that causes many self-destructive behaviors. She might quit life at times, giving up on everything when the going gets too tough. She might shun society as a whole because she might feel she can never be apart of it. She might get into addictive behaviors. This may come out in her teen or early 20s years. Saturn return (occurring in her late 20s or early 30s in the 1990s) will have forced her to grow up and seek help or advice and channel this sensitive energy into helping others.

But because of all of Julie’s trials, she will be able to come out with the ultimate understanding and compassion. She could be a healing force for others suffering the same things she did. All of the scars Julie experiences could become her strength. As she ages and gains more wisdom from her challenges, she could develop a career helping those who are suffering in some way, particularly in areas that have affected her too (the house would shed more light, and it’s the 4th, so she has scars dealing with her family).

As Julie ages, she may be able to discipline her imagination and create successful works of art.

Julie might develop her spirituality as she grows older and experiences more in life. It might become a grounding force for her. Charity work could also keep her grounded. Julie might work in social work, institutions, or group homes. She might volunteer in these places. She might visit harsh communities and help those in need of services. She might end up working in a hospital, a refuge, a care home, an orphanage or for a charity. She may not directly help people’s suffering, but her work may solve their problems in some way.

Sometimes, she might think she has it the worst and that she’s such a bad person. Helping others less fortunate will allow her to see what good she has right in front of her.

Ultimately, Julie’s biggest lesson will be learning to say “no” and not wasting her energy on useless people and things.

If Julie overcomes all of the challenges life throws at her, she will have a lot to offer others.

Observe Saturn’s house and aspects. Jupiter and Neptune are planets that should be analyzed to get a fuller picture.

 

Saturn in 4th house

This part reveals the actual divorce and break that Julie felt in her family. She ended up spending less time with each of her parents, creating some distance there. Even before the divorce, it seems her father was always gone working. Mom was busy setting up her business. Julie might have felt alone.

Julie’s mother may have started dating by the time Julie is a teen, but it’s unlikely she will get remarried quickly. Her mother may be busy running a shop and her leadership may intimidate men in her lifetime. Her mother also may be slower in committing than she was before. It’s likely Julie’s mother won’t remarry until she’s much older (if at all), maybe by the time of her own Saturn Return. By then Julie will be an adult.

With this placement, it’s highly likely Julie will be the one taking care of her parents as they age. During her Saturn Return, around 28 to 30 years old, it’s likely she’d be stuck caring for an aging parent or grandparent. It may feel burdensome. This probably won’t be because of her parents but because she might be the only one taking on the responsibility (with Tracy seeming to do her own thing). She might find the situation to be overwhelming, and she might have her own affairs to attend to. But all of Julie’s life will take a backseat for her parents’ lives.

Julie might fear starting her own family or she may always be worried about her family to the point she seems to take her job as a mom too seriously. More than likely, she will become a mother much later in life. Because she fears starting her own family and sees the heavy responsibility it could have (this is due to her own experiences with family), she might even get married later in life.

By the time she is a mother, she may be older. Though Julie will always have a progressive mind, there may be a huge generational gap between herself and her children. This could make her far more conservative in her rearing. Her children may also have to take care of her much sooner than other children. They might have to grow up faster.

Julie might choose to adopt children rather than have children from her own body.

Julie might spend a lot of her time with her ambitions and working that she may struggle to truly bond and be there for her family.

She may want to focus on her goals instead of building a family early in life. She will definitely pick this up from her mom.

If Julie has children early, Julie might have some financial worries that also put a lot of pressure on her early years, so she may not feel she was ready. She thinks quite practical when it comes to a family. Considering her Saturn is in Pisces, she would want to give her everything to her family and the struggles of being a mother could overwhelm her if she has a child too soon.

Julie might end up being a single parent just like her own mother. It’s likely she would fear this and would work really hard to hold her family together. But sometimes, the harder she tries to keep the structure, the more she pushes her family away. This could make her very serious and could make her very pessimistic.

Julie may decide to never marry and have children.

In Julie’s teens and early 20s, Julie might feel even more isolated from her parents and may feel they don’t understand her.

Saturn’s lesson is teaching her to be patient with her family, to balance her responsibility with love and closeness, to overcome her fear of developing a support system. Not every family situation ends the same.

Julie’s home life might seem very controlled in some way. Julie may lack boundaries in many ways, but she may not be as openly affectionate or free to spend time with her family as others with Pisces on the 4th house.

While Julie will face many challenges with her home and family life, as she grows older, she will learn to take responsibility for her family. Julie will be the rock that holds her family together. She will work hard to make sure her family is well cared for and that her children receive the best guidance she can give them. She will be a dutiful wife and mother. After awhile, Saturn will make sure Julie learns important lessons about family (just as she’s been learning throughout her life).

Observe Saturn’s sign and aspects.

“…Even worse than a broken finger is when my family broke apart…Just now, as I was playing back the tape, I remembered something my dad told me when he broke his foot. He said that a broken bone heals back together even stronger than before it was broken. I think families are kind of like bones-they can break too, but in some ways, it makes you even stronger.-Julie from The Big Break: A Julie Classic 1

 

Saturn trine Neptune

Julie will have the talent of making her dreams come true. Julie will want to leave her mark on the world and carry out her visions for a better society. She will likely want to work hard to do so (even if she gets lax sometimes).

Observe Saturn and Neptune’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Venus in Pisces

As Julie grows older, she will become quite shy and reserved in love. As shy as she will be, she can spot love from a mile away. She will be aware of all the people that love her. And she will love a lot of different people in her own lifetime, even if from afar.

Julie might be a hopeless romantic a lot. She might be in love with someone and never tell them. She might even get a kick out of having a secret crush on someone. In high school, this may especially be the case. More than likely, someone else would have to speak for her or she would hope the person she likes naturally forms interest. It’s not likely she will make a move.

Julie might have some insecurities in love. It’s not likely she will think she’s ugly (considering her Sag Rising is so magnetic), but she may not trust love due to her parents’ experiences or she may not feel she knows what she’s doing in relationships because she never really had that example in her life. She may be afraid of getting hurt.

Despite this, when she’s in love, she really falls hard. Julie will do anything, ANYTHING for someone she loves. As a teenager, she may give in to many different suitors just to keep them around. As she gets older, she might sacrifice time, resources, and her own physical body.

Julie will idealize her partners often. In her youth, Julie might fall in love with celebrities or be whisked away by fictional characters in love stories or movies. But once she starts dating, she will see nothing but the good in her partner. Her love will be unconditional. She will accept and tolerate anything from her partner as long as they love her and she won’t let anyone talk bad about them.

Forgiveness is her strong point.

Unfortunately, she might not be discriminating enough. She might let in quite a few losers in her life. Julie also finds it romantic to be saved and be the savior to someone else. As someone being saved, she may over-rely on her partner for things. As being someone else’s savior, she will be drawn to partners that need her help in some way. She will fall in love with the downtrodden and could see the beauty in the person. But some of these people might not mean Julie any good. They could manipulate her, use her, and even abuse her. Julie might have her idealisms shattered at some point in life. She also may not realize when her relationship is no longer of any benefit to her or her partner, and so may be devastated when break-ups happen. She will not take them well.

However, Julie might never give up her faith in love. She might believe real love is still out there, no matter the challenges she faces.

Julie merges herself easily with those she loves. She might let them influence her and end up picking up their behavior patterns. She will pick up positive behaviors from positive love connections. She will pick up negative traits, especially addictions, from negative love connections.  It would probably be best for her to have a second opinion on anyone she shows interest in, though she may not easily listen if she’s smitten.

Because she sacrifices so much for a partner, if her partner leaves, she may feel she’s left with nothing. In high school, it’s more likely to happen this way than when she gets older. Still, even as an adult, she may be a sucker for a spiritual soul mate type of romance and nothing really realistic.

Interestingly enough though, she might actually have a hard time settling down in her relationships. Though she might have a hard time saying no to people, this doesn’t mean she will be in love with everyone she dates. She may just feel sorry for the person. When she really is in love, she will sacrifice a lot, but when she’s not, she may not care to be too attentive. Naturally, Julie will still want to have her freedom, whether she’s in love or not. She won’t like being tied to duties regarding her relationships. She will be a “wing-it” type of partner. She might prefer spontaneous romantic adventures to planned and stiff occasions.

Venus just doesn’t rule love for a partner, but for everyone. It could even show us how Julie will show love as a mother. Julie she will do anything for her children. She will put all of her plans aside for her kids. She will be gentle and kind. Her kids will adore her. On the other hand, she might be a bit reserved as a mother. She may not be super affectionate. She might also have some insecurities as a mother, not really confident she can make her kids happy.

Julie will be very forgiving of her kids. Some may say she’s too passive as a mother (though she has other energies giving her strength), but she will definitely understand her kids. She will know each of their strengths and weaknesses. It’s unlikely she will want to yell at her children. If she ever did, she would feel really bad afterwards. In fact, discipline might be hard for her. Hopefully, her kids understand how much their mother sticks up for them. The world outside of Julie’s embrace will be much harsher.

Julie could make money working with something creative, like art (since she’s such an artist) or she might make money with astrology and other mystical experiences (since she does like reading her horoscope). She might do some acting or filming in her life, too. She might make money helping others or dealing with people or animals who need her love and compassion.

As Julie grows up, she might be attracted to new experiences. She might be interested in experimenting. She will be open to trying anything once. She might also enjoy indulging in substances to relax. It’s likely Julie will like grabbing some drinks with her friends or meeting her love interests for some cocktails at the bar. She might enjoy clubbing. Hopefully, she doesn’t take to any serious drugs for recreation, but she might pick up a cigarette habit if she isn’t careful.

Julie will be easily pressured to do things if her best friends are doing it. I mean, and this is a spoiler, she almost ripped up her petition to join the boys’ basketball team because it caused her to argue with her friend…It’s likely Julie will not want to disappoint her friends. Hopefully, Ivy, Joy, and TJ continue to live decent lives and don’t pressure Julie to lose herself.

And I’m not saying she won’t have one drunk night. Julie might especially try it when she first turns 21 and is able to drink. Hopefully, she keeps supportive friends around and the incident reminds her not to do it too often.

Through all the challenges and hurt in Julie’s life, she might feel depressed a lot, but if she relies on her faith to get her through, she can eventually bounce back.

As Julie grows older, her femininity will blossom. She will be any woman she wants to be, but she will display gentleness and subtle charm, too. She might be quite girly as she grows into a teenager and adult. People at her class reunion won’t be mocking her with “tomboy” anymore! She might still like basketball and may be interested in just about everything, but she will carry herself with more of an ethereal grace.

Look at Venus’s house and aspects. Jupiter and Neptune’s signs, houses, and aspects are important to analyze.

 

Venus in 4th house

Julie’s mother may start other romantic affairs by the time Julie is in high school, which can create some hurt for Julie, but Julie will try to be pleasant and reasonable with any new suitors.

Julie will try to create a home environment filled with peace and comfort. It will be so nice in Julie’s home, most people won’t want to leave (including her children, if she ever has any!). Julie herself will love being at home.

Julie will more than likely pick up her mother’s decorating hobby. Just like she loved decorating her room, she will love decorating her home. When Julie gets her first home, she will love having housewarming parties and inviting her friends over to see how she’s decorated the place.

Despite Julie’s messy side, she will like things to be neat and tidy most of the time, especially when guests are visiting. It may be a challenge for her to get things together, but she will want everyone to feel comfortable and at ease. When inviting guests over, she will make sure there’s plenty of food to eat, too.

Julie will not only make sure her home is furnished and fancy, she will make sure it’s easy to function. She might keep the latest technology to make life easier for her and her family. She will definitely upgrade to the DVD player and then the flat screen as both become available in her lifetime.

Julie will not like a lot of fighting and arguing in her home. She will definitely seek to do things differently from her own parents in this regard. She will try to be the peacemaker and mediator.

Julie will be a beautiful and charming mother. Her children will find her to look really nice and be really nice to them. Julie will focus on keeping family traditions alive at her house (something she may have felt was broken in her own home). She will be the one hosting all of the holiday events. Julie might decorate with some of the decorations she used to love as a girl. She might have many different family heirlooms.

Julie will truly show love to her family and will instill her kind of love in her offspring. Julie may love to share her fond childhood memories with her kids.

The downside to this placement is that her children and spouse may get too comfortable with the comforts and peace Julie provides. They might take all she does for granted and may not appreciate her efforts. Her children may especially laze around. They might act too spoiled and may not want to get out and work.

Throughout Julie’s life, she will receive financial assistance from her parents. She won’t act like she needs this assistance most of the time, but she will never have to worry if she runs into financial trouble. Both of her parents work. Her parents will definitely be there to help furnish her home, buy things for their grandchildren, and even assist with some bills.

Julie could make money by selling property (real estate industry is favorable), working with agricultural businesses, working with mine and land materials, family-related products or services, or products and services related to her country or heritage or historical. Julie might make money working from home.

Julie will be a protective lover. She will already idealize and stick up for her partner (Venus in Pisces), but she will also provide shelter and security in both physical and symbolic ways. She will shield anyone she loves from the hurt of the world.

She may fall in love with someone from her hometown or someone who is close to her family. She may fall in love with someone from a similar background (this may not mean heritage or race but also familial experience).

When she first starts developing crushes or falling in love, her home will be where she brings all of her love interests. It will be important for them to meet her mom. As she becomes an adult, most of her dates will be dinner at a home, whether at her home or her partner’s. She will want to see her love interest’s house or how they live. She will want to relax on a couch and have long intimate conversations with someone she’s interested in. If she gets married, she will want some alone time with her husband at home. She might find a place to send the kids. Or she will choose a time the kids are gone. XD

She might be drawn to someone who is protective and family-oriented. She may be drawn to someone security-oriented. She might be drawn to someone who understands her background and doesn’t judge (or shares a similar story). More than likely, she will marry someone raised in her same country.

As Julie’s mother ages, Julie’s relationship with her will get easier. They might spend more time together and bond. They will be an attractive pair. They will have plenty of girl time with one another. Julie might feel closer with her mother as an adult than as a child (though she was close to her mother before, but still…).

As Julie ages and becomes a grandmother herself, she will continue to have a beautiful life. She might retain her beauty and charm. She will work to make her home even more beautiful. She might get more interested in developing a garden or tending flowers. She will definitely want to move near a place that has more land.

Observe the Venus sign and aspects.

 

Venus Square Jupiter

Julie is definitely going to be a popular girl in high school, college, and possibly throughout her life.

She will have a burst of creativity. She may find opportunity in the arts, including drama, cheeky comedy, music, creative writing, painting and sculpture.

Julie may have an hard time actually working hard and earning an income. This is a challenge because of the luxurious lifestyle she might desire. She might not consider her finances when making extravagant plans, and may spend more than she has.

She will want stability, but she may be indulging in pleasures or may be too lax on her responsibilities to fully commit to a stable job. She might lack discipline, which could affect many areas of her life. She may especially have issues when raising her children.

Julie’s morals may seem “looser” when it comes to who she chooses as a partner. People may feel she’s “lowering” her standards. Really, Julie has a lax attitude towards relationships in general, which would actually irritate her partner. She might not like the idea of committing to a partner completely and she may avoid marriage.

Venus and Jupiter’s signs, houses, and aspects need to be observed.

 

Venus conjunct Saturn

Julie may have an overall negative or pessimistic view of relationships and love. She might feel she has to buy or earn love, which she won’t take lightly. She may constantly feel she has to make adjustments to make her relationships work. She might feel she will be unsatisfied or restricted when in love or in a relationship. She may feel she’s being used, that’s she’s giving more than she’s getting.

She might be very caring and loyal, but she might have a hard time showing it. This could put a delay on her forming relationships. She might have a partner much later than her peers. Julie may meet some harsh experiences in love until she learns to truly love herself and others. The real root may be that she lacks love of herself and self-respect, which may become evident in her teen years. This will make her shyer and awkward in love. Obviously, the divorce and absence of Julie’s father in much of her life created this distrust in love and lack of confidence when pursuing love matters.

As popular as Julie might be, she might really feel socially awkward, preferring to only mingle with a few people.

And unfortunately, as much as Julie may strive to avoid it, breakups and divorce is very common with this energy. Julie must be careful of repeating her parents’ patterns.

She should be careful of hurting those who love her. They could come back to teach her a lesson.

Observe Venus and Saturn’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Venus Trine Neptune

This influence will impact her relationships and how Julie could make money.

Julie would like to live a life of peace and serenity. It’s likely she will strive to create a home life that’s peaceful.

Her love life will be important to her (if she gets into one). She’s romantic, affectionate, soft, and warm as a person. She would not be drawn to an aggressive, domineering, and ego-centric partner.

On the other hand, Julie may idealize anyone she’s in love with, overlooking things. She’s bound to face some disappointments in love if her partner doesn’t carry the same unconditional love style she has. Her partner may not overlook her faults as much as she does there’s.

Julie may be more about love than sex. She could forgo all physical pleasure and may prefer to do so. Privacy might be a key thing for her as well as shyness.

Julie might have unusual romances or meet her love interest under unusual circumstances that it might seem like fate.

It’s likely Julie could make money from the arts. She could become a singer. She might perform on screen and produce a magnetic presence. However, she may have to rely on other energies to develop the will to go for this as a career. She may be impractical, especially with how she deals with some of her money. It’s a good thing Venus has an aspect to Saturn.

It’s also likely Julie will involve herself in charities and humane societies that help her stand up for people or serve others. Julie will definitely lean towards progressive, socialist, or liberal politics as she ages.

Observe Venus and Neptune’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Chiron in Pisces

In Julie’s youth, the scars of her past have caused her to have the following symptoms as an adult: a loss of faith in religion (which is probably why the writer Amy can’t see any hints of it in the story and why it’s pretty much obsolete), loss of faith in love, and loss of faith in her own truth.

Religions might have shunned her family for their divorce when she was growing up, and her parents were probably never extremely religious to begin with, which caused them not to bat an eye about divorce. She might feel some sort of guilt towards religion because of her background.

She probably carries a feeling of being betrayed. She might feel like a victim of a circumstance she couldn’t control. She might have issues trusting others, especially in deep romantic commitments, fearing she will be hurt. There may be a hard wall there that hides a strong sensitive side.

She will identify with people who seem like wandering and lost souls. She may find herself connecting with homeless people, people struggling with addiction, those from broken families, and the like. She might end up gullible and vulnerable to people who seem to offer her escape from her pain. She should especially be careful in her teenage years. She could end up connecting with the wrong people to deal with her pain.

Julie will have to restore her faith in a higher being and learn to trust again. She has to learn to use her compassionate streak to help others, not to fall victim herself. With age and time, she will heal by finding something or someone to believe in. Involving herself in charity might help her restore her faith. She will sacrifice her pain to help others heal. Eventually, she will learn that all things happen for a reason.

Chiron’s house and aspects need to be observed, as well as ruling planets Jupiter and Neptune’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Chiron in 4th

Most of her early wounds were obviously connected with her childhood and family (as is pretty thoroughly explained by now). There was some unresolved trauma dealing with Julie’s home and family. There was probably a lot of arguing and Julie might have felt broken because she had to move so often.

The divorce might eventually cause Julie to resent one of her parents in her teen years, especially her mother. She may begin to understand the divorce more, and all the signs lean towards the mother’s decision. The books never say who initiated the divorce, but the natal chart reveals that Julie will believe her mother had the most active hand in it.

Julie’s mother may be hurting from it all deep down though. This may stop her mother from developing relationships herself. Julie may later discover how much pain the breaking of the family has caused her, despite her putting on the poker face. It likely has something to do with the mother, so there may be some guilt and feelings of regret.

Because Julie had to move from her birth home, she may never feel comfortable in any home she creates for herself. She will be skeptical about where she lives. She will especially not like having to give up her own home when she gets married, fearing her spouse throwing her out one day. She will definitely want to be in control of her property and assets in some fashion.

She might really have a strong fear of family. There will always be fear hovering over her if she decides to develop her own family. It will take a lot of time to heal wounds. Her children might help her get stronger in this way, but she will feel the “empty nest syndrome” much stronger than others once her children get older and decide to move away.

She might have a fear of having a partner she can’t agree with and may fear divorce in her own marriage. This could lead to trust issues with her partner. She may create quite a few defenses, making it hard for potential suitors to impress her or win her affections. She may feel like family life is supposed to be painful and difficult. She might think life in general doesn’t come without pain. This could make her weak to any little arguments that may rise up or stronger than others who aren’t used to the difficulties family will inevitably bring.

She may end up having a difficult time expressing herself as a result of her past, even as a teenager. She may hold in a lot of the stresses she has regarding her own family, fearing her worries may hurt them.

From these experiences, Julie will learn to use her painful childhood experiences to help other people suffering through similar issues with their family and home. She might seek to help children from broken families. She will especially help them express themselves. Within her own family, she will be attentive to how her decisions are affecting her family. She will always worry about it. Unfortunately, Mercury in Aries may move her to make impulsive decisions, but she will ask her family if it’s okay eventually. If she senses her family is suffering from it in any way, she will take it very hard, remembering how change hurt her.

By helping others suffering through the same family issues, Julie can find the path to self-healing. She may learn how to get stronger by helping others heal from family issues.

Julie may not be aware how much her past has affected her. She may not realize the defenses she has placed as a result of her past. She may not realize her trust issues.

Observe Chiron’s sign and aspects.

“…Even worse than a broken finger is when my family broke apart…Just now, as I was playing back the tape, I remembered something my dad told me when he broke his foot. He said that a broken bone heals back together even stronger than before it was broken. I think families are kind of like bones-they can break too, but in some ways, it makes you even stronger.” -Julie from The Big Break: A Julie Classic 1

 

Venus conjunct Chiron

Through Julie relationships and while she’s in love, she may experience pain. She already felt this pain watching her parents’ relationship fall apart. This will affect her in her own relationships in some way.

But through her relationships, she may understand how she’s linked to humanity.

She may feel a lack of peace and harmony around her, especially in relationships. Julie will be very sensitive to any little disagreement or disharmony in her relationships.

Julie may go through some social pain, especially in high school. She may have issues figuring out where she stands among her peers, who her real friends are and who aren’t. She might have issues figuring out who really likes her for her. She might be rather sensitive to the topic.

Julie’s self-worth might be wounded at some point in her life, which could influence her relationships.

She might be sensitive on the subject of beauty and attraction. It’s likely she’s met some issues with this. She may not have felt beautiful enough or she may have been too attractive to the point she has attracted the wrong kind of attention to herself, the kind of attention she never wanted.

Julie might be made to feel unattractive, unloved, and unwanted. She may be rejected in love a lot because of these issues. She may be rejected because of her appearance (weight gain is possible in her life, and some people may make her feel bad about it). Julie may be rejected because she’s not popular or pretty enough (though she will have a lot of popularity, someone she likes may not think she’s really cool or good as a person).

Julie may go through moments where she tries to fit in with the popular crowd only to be hurt. She might try some very harmful things to feel beautiful or popular. She might go through moments where she tries unhealthy dieting and exercise practices to stay skinny. She might get into plastic surgery as she gets older.

Julie might feel she has a hard time tapping into her attractive points, which could make her even shyer when trying to attract her love interests. Julie might be afraid of being too attractive, seductive, sexy, and alluring. Julie will have to develop her flirty and sexy side as she gets older. However, at first, she may flirt awkwardly and feel awkward with a sexy expression. It’s likely she will like a style that covers up that sexy side to her. Because of this, she may feel threatened by women who naturally express a sexy or flirty side, especially if she’s in a relationship. She may not be confident she can express that kind of side.

Julie was called a “tomboy” when she was younger, and this may affect her as she ages. She may feel some sort of hurt around the subject of femininity. She may reject femininity overall or she may strive her hardest to feel feminine as she ages. The latter part is likely. Criticism about her femininity is likely to cut deeply.

Eventually, Julie will learn to like herself and will begin to see that beauty is more than skin-deep.

It’s likely that Julie will have had some really painful experience with women, especially those among her peers. Women may have been jealous or envious of her and she may have been jealous of other women.

When it comes to money and other items of worth, she might be sensitive towards the topic as well. It’s likely she’s had issues with money and may have suffered because of it. She might use money to ease her pain in life. She might use money to impress her love interests, but may discover it can’t buy love or happiness.

Julie may often feel she doesn’t get paid what she’s worth. She may feel unvalued as an artist or that people don’t appreciate her work.

Julie may have to learn to relax and enjoy life. On the other hand, she may use pleasure to escape the pain of life.

Her chart has been showing her leaning towards art. It’s likely she will tackle really sensitive topics with anything she creates. It might have a gentle and sensitive touch to it. Julie may release her pain and hurt through her art.

Throughout everything, Julie will become a good guide out of love trials. She will be an expert on love. She will find and acknowledge what she wants in a relationship.

Julie will have learn to build her self-esteem. She will have to make peace with her relationships and learn to trust love. She will have to learn and understand money. She has to learn to love herself, stand up for her values, and enjoy life.

Observe Venus and Chiron’s signs, houses, and other aspects.

 

Jupiter square Chiron

This position also affects Julie’s religious beliefs. Julie possibly no longer believes in a higher power. Possibly she doesn’t feel a greater force is truly protecting her. Julie may be trying to search for her own truth and may feel tricked by the beliefs she’s been told all her life. She may feel a sense of meaningless after finding out the truth about something she once believed.

Julie might have many strong beliefs, but others may find her beliefs to be flawed. She might take her causes overboard.

Julie might take on causes or missions to ease and heal her own pain and hurt. She might try to address the pain other cultures might have. She could use the pain she has had to become a Civil Rights Activist, but she would have to overcome her own doubt.

Julie might try to remain optimistic at times, but she may be smiling through a lot of hurt and pain in her life.

She might focus on parts of life that are unjust or unfair. That may be how she sees life and she may want to make things better for others.

Eventually, Julie may become a teacher or guru for others who have trouble finding meaning and faith in life.

Observe Jupiter and Chiron’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Neptune trine Chiron

It’s likely as Julie grows older she will be able to escape her pain through fantasy. She may join some fantasy subcultures in high school. This could actually help her escape her pain and sorrows that she experiences in her teen years.

Julie will discover that her imagination could heal her pain. She might use her imagination in many creative pursuits.

Julie will be very sensitive to others’ suffering, and may decide to take on that pain. She will especially want to help people who are handicapped or disabled (like her friend Joy).

Julie may enjoy dancing. It could be healing for her. She could do this as a profession. She might also heal by acting or giving acting classes. Being someone else may heal her pain and sorrow. Julie may want to be above pain and sorrow. She might seek to bridge reality with her dreams somehow.

It’s likely she will embrace some spirituality to bring more wholeness in her life (even if it isn’t the spirituality or religion she was raised with).

Observe Neptune and Chiron’s signs, houses, and aspects to get a full picture.

 

Mercury in Aries

This position could not only influence her work life but her relationships as well.

Mercury rules over communication, which affects all of those areas.

Julie might do well in an occupation that allows her to exercise her alert mind and her active body (she’s a very wiry and energetic person). She would do well with military, sports (basketball in Julie’s case), training, emergency operations, and owning or running her own business (which is more likely). She will be the designated presenter at most events because she has such a loud and bold way of expressing herself. It’s likely she will be in a leadership role in whatever job she pursues. Even if she’s just a cashier, she will be able to round up loyal supporters who follow her.

Julie could be the lead in a political organization. She might work in engineering, with motors (like cars), or machinery of some kind. Julie will have multi-tasking skills, so she may be able to work more than one job or handle more than one project. She will be a good marketer because she’s good at pitching new ideas to people. She will be good in advertising and promotional activities. Campaigning could be her forte.

Julie might create an invention one day.

This placement is probably why Julie was pinned as a “tomboy” growing up. Mercury in Aries women tend to think more like men. It’s likely she’ll end up in male-dominated fields tackling tasks most men tackle. She might be very good at winning arguments against men (like debates and even against her spouse if the spouse is a male). She will often earn the respect of men in any field she goes into.

When communicating with her children, Julie will often speak before thinking. She won’t say a whole lot, but she’ll make brief blunt and impulsive statements. Her children might find her quick responses to be open and honest, but she may hurt her more sensitive children often with careless remarks or words. She might also make snap decisions that will impact her family without her realizing it because she may not think too much about how her ideas will affect those around her until it actually starts to affect them. She may expect her children to be stronger, but she won’t consider how they think and feel about situations (Venus in Pisces can help her be more understanding, though).

Her children might consider her loud and exciting in the house, but she also knows how to give sharp commands when she wants to. Her children will know that Julie means what she says. She makes quick and straightforward decisions.

Julie will probably try to force her ideas off on her children. She should be careful with this because as her children grow to be more independent, she may get into arguments with them.

She might get into bickering with her partner too. She might be an active communicator and honest, so her partner wouldn’t ever have to worry about trusting her word too much. But she might try to force her ideas on her partner or she might try to win arguments. She might have a hard time seeing her partner’s point of view. Again, the Venus in Pisces energy might simmer this energy down, but it still might take her some time to mentally understand.

This placement gives Julie and abundance of energy. She will likely not retire from her career until later in life, if ever at all. If she’s left to do nothing, she might get restless and irritable. She has to keep moving.

Julie might move near neighbors who sport motorcycles and bold sports cars. Her neighbors might be frank and may not hesitate to tell Julie their concerns. Julie might live near police or the military. Her neighbor could be a soldier or a family of someone in the military. It’s possible someone in the neighborhood will carry a firearm. Julie may feel she needs to carry one or she may be important enough to need a bodyguard. She might get into quarrels with some of her neighbors.

The Mercury’s house and aspects should be analyzed, as well as Mars’s sign, house, and aspects.

“Mr. Salisbury, your comments on Julie’s idea to change the detention system?” asked Mr. Arnold.

“She doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” said Mark. 

“Yes I do,” said Julie. I’ve been to detention. That’s how I know we need to change it.”

“Julie I’m going to have to ask you to wait your turn to speak,” Mr. Arnold cautioned. –Soaring High: A Julie Classic 2

 

Mercury in the 4th house

With this position, Julie will always think about her family. Her family will cause her to think more about life in general. I’m sure the divorce she experienced in her earlier years caused her to ponder everything around her.

Even as a teenager, Julie will worry or think about what’s going on with her family a lot. The things that go on in her family life might consume her mind.

As she grows older, if or when she decides to have a family, she will worry or think a lot about her family’s needs. Everytime she does something, whether shopping, working, or talking to friends, she will think about her family first. She should be careful not to gossip about private matters within her own home.

More than likely, she will communicate with her family. There might be many long talks and discussions as a family. She might like talking over dinner. She might initiate these conversations (being Mercury in Aries and all). She will encourage her children to speak at a very early age.

It’s highly likely she will do some work from home. Her career may not be primarily at home, but she might take online courses or do a lot of college studying within her home. She might be busy doing chores. Or she may do part of her work at home (having to take some of her work home). If anything, she will be active at home. She may work as a teacher or do work sharing or transferring knowledge. She might work with technology. More than likely, her work may be over the computer (being an adult in the 1990s, 2k era, and now). Julie might be busy, but also restless and stressed at home sometimes. Her kids may sense that she’s very busy.

Julie is likely to be well-educated and she will instill intellectual values in her children. Education will be important to Julie. It’s likely she will have a library, a study, and all the latest technology within her home. Her home might have people in and out, creating social contact for her family members.

Julie might have her home set up where there’s space for studying, reading, and playing around with technology. She might have an office space or desks. She might have a game room. She will more than likely have plenty of games in her home. It’s likely she will buy her children their first video game. She might get interested in them herself. It’s likely she’ll have an entertainment center focused on developing the mind and the hands.

She might develop a family game night.

It’s likely Julie will move around a lot. In her earlier years, before she creates a family, it’s likely she might move from place to place, roommating with friends or even living in hotels. She might not be as stable. As she gets older, she may decide to make sudden moves due to a relocation of her job, which could impact her family. Stability would be a problem especially for her children. While Julie learned to adjust to changeable circumstances while she was younger (being from a family of divorce), her children may not adapt so well to the changes she implements.

She could be the only one traveling a lot, spending a lot of time away from the home.

It might not even be that drastic. She might just travel out of town for special events or functions sometimes on the weekends. If she brings her family with her, she could expose her family to a lot of new experiences and connections with different people. Her children may especially benefit from these connections.

If Julie remains single, she’ll likely not have a stable place to return to. She may have several homes or may live from hotel to hotel, no matter how much money she has.

Despite the fact that Julie will move around a lot, it will be difficult for her to move out of San Francisco, California and even harder to live outside of the USA! It’s likely she won’t live permanently too far from her country. If she were to move to a different state, she would think about home a lot. She would definitely travel to visit her home during the holidays, no matter the weather. If she couldn’t see her family or hometown, she’d be depressed.

As a young adult, she more than likely will not like staying on a campus or place too far from the homes she was was raised in. When she moves, she might think about her home growing up. Moving out for the first time might even make her depressed for awhile. It’s likely she’ll make trips to see her parents frequently.

As Julie gets older, Julie might find a greater interest in history. Julie has already shown herself to be interested in the history of her country (being interested in Little House on the Prairie books and enjoying making history on her Bicentennial adventure). It’s likely Julie will want to publish her own books focused on history or her country. She might do some work focused on history, her background or heritage, and maybe regarding her country.

Julie might also get involved with real estate or property matters. She might manage her own property. She might help run a family business (possibly her mother’s Gladrags shop). She might take on the financial part. It’s possible she will inherit the business, too. Her 10th house Virgo (which we’ll go over later) makes this highly likely.

Despite the fact Julie may have the latest technology in her home, Julie may have a hard time with change and new ideas. She might be attached to traditional values (even though she houses many progressive ideas). This may be difficult when her children want to step away from the family as they get older. There are some things about the next generation she just won’t understand or get. If her children are less family-oriented than she is, she really will disconnect from them mentally.

This position might also make it hard for her to understand her partner if they are from a different background from her. She may be used to certain traditions and may not want to let them go. Fortunately, having Saturn and Venus in Pisces in this same house, she’s had many old traditions broken and many new flexible traditions added in. She will feel the need to try to be as understanding as she can be. Still, she may have felt she lost so many traditions in her youth (Chiron in 4th house leaving scars), that she doesn’t want to experience any more change in her family. She may have a hard time committing to someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas or her favorite holidays, someone new to the USA and doesn’t have the same views on relationships and women’s roles, and people who don’t come from a similar family background. In her case, she won’t want to commit to someone who doesn’t understand the pressures that come from a hard family life (being from a family of divorce and having a mother who worked, among other things).

Observe Mercury’s sign and aspects.

 

House 5 Aries

The 5th house is the house of children. Julie will be very active with her children. Sometimes, she might like to play basketball or go bike riding with her kids. She might get into contests or competitions with her children. Hopefully, this competitive spirit doesn’t get out of hand. Her kids may be more successful than she is in her lifetime, and that may cause her to compete with her kids, too.

She may have one or more competitive children. Her child may challenge other students in school. It would be good if she gets a handle on this early so that it’s channeled in the right direction. One of Julie’s children (more than likely the oldest child) will be rather independent. She might have one or more children with a bad temper. She might have one of those angry children. Julie might feel like she’s always fighting with this one child or her children a lot. She might wrestle for fun or take up a karate course with one of her kids. But she might also argue with her teens or try to manage a wild child.

The 5th house rules pregnancy. It’s likely Julie may not initially want to conceive a child for fear of losing her independence. If Julie ever were to get pregnant, she wouldn’t want it to tie her down. But it can be a debilitating experience, even for active Julie. She may be rather irritated and more short-tempered than usual while pregnant.

This position might also make a her a pioneer in any artistic field she pursues.

The 5th house rules over love affairs too, especially the fun kind that doesn’t always promise commitment. This may be most evident in Julie’s teen and early 20s. Julie might be drawn to dangerous, spontaneous, courageous, and/or confident people. She will want to be thrilled romantically. She might still carry this romantic desire with her as she gets older, but more serious feelings might be added on to it from other areas of the chart.. In her teens and early 20s, she’s likely to fall for the bad boy (or bad girl) type. She might like someone rugged, straight-forward, and active. She will be wrapped up in people who know who they are and what they want in life. She will be drawn to the trail-blazing types.

Julie might be attracted to people with sports cars or an affinity with race car driving. She might be attracted to someone in the military or someone working with military personnel. She might be drawn to sports enthusiasts or athletes. She will be drawn to guys who are action heroes or a guy who enjoys action heroes. She may just be drawn to risk-takers or those who live life on the edge.

It’s likely she will be drawn to aggressive and competitive lovers. She should be careful of this. She could end up in some violent love affairs. She might end up fighting and arguing with her lover a lot. The end of this kind of relationship could be explosive.

She could be attracted to someone wearing armor, like a knight. But she might also be attracted to people who own weapons. She should take more caution in getting with people who can harm her.

She might enjoy play fighting or healthy competitions with her lovers. Her romance might seem a little rough and immature to some outsiders looking in. The affairs are usually passionate, and Julie may be quick to jump into these love affairs (despite her apprehension about creating a family), but her early love affairs will more than likely be very brief. Julie might seem all into someone for a long time. After awhile, she might be ready to date some new person (unless her partner is really exciting). Julie might be rather independent and may not want to settle in a serious relationship while young.

Observe Mars’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

Mars in Taurus

Most of Julie’s success in life will come through strategic planning and long-term goals. It may take Julie a long time to reach many of her goals in life. She may be impatient with this, at the same time, she’s very cautious herself when it comes to going for a goal.

The upside to this position is Julie will have the determination and endurance to continue fighting for her goals.

Julie will do well with physical labor. She might do well with farming or transforming materials into useful products. She could create works of art, build things, or work with her senses. She might not be the fastest worker in her field, but she usually lasts the longest. She can work on a project tirelessly for hours.

Julie might develop a goal of acquiring material possessions and stability in her life. Trying to maintain security will be her drive to get up and go to work in the morning. If it’s not money, she will need some other tangible benefit to motivate her to work. Julie will actively create a comfortable life for herself. She might neglect other aspects in her pursuit though, like her spirituality for example.

In love, Julie might be rather possessive of her partner. She will feel she “owns” her partner and that her partner is off-limits. Her jealous streak might be strong. Julie might hide it well and let it build up until it explodes.

As much as Julie might have an argumentative Mercury in Aries, this ruling energy with cut that down. Julie will not like arguing or solving differences through fights or competitions.

In a woman’s chart, Mars rules the kind of man she’s instantly attracted to in her mind. Basically, it’s the vision of her ideal. It’s her vision of masculinity.

If Julie becomes interested in men, Julie is likely to be drawn to men who are strong-willed, just like her. She will want someone sensual and down-to-earth, someone who enjoys pleasure. She’s drawn to someone who can relax and enjoy. She might want someone she can share a good meal and listen to her favorite music with. She will want someone patient, charming, and even-tempered. She might like when men wear cologne or speak softly to her. She will definitely want an affectionate partner. She wants someone who can provide stability and security.

She might attract men who are lazy, stubborn, and predictable.

Julie will be very straight-forward and conventional in love, but she will be loyal. She will expect the same of her partner.

Observe Mars’s house and aspects, as well as the ruling planet Venus’s sign, houses, and aspects.

 

Mars in 5th house

Julie’s adult life, just like her child life, will be full of activity. She will definitely be an outgoing teen and adult. Most of her energy will go towards recreation, fun, and promoting or expressing herself. Her life will be colorful, for sure.

Julie might be rather popular in high school and college (if she decides to go, which is likely). She will attend and throw all the parties (as mentioned before). She might be interested in flirting for fun. She might continue to play basketball in high school and she may play it in college, too. If not, she will attend all of her school games. She might throw sports parties at her home for her friends. She will spend a lot of fun times with her friends.

As Julie gets older, she will still enjoy the same things, only she should be careful of getting into gambling.

She should be careful not to get into drama with people during these events, as she’s likely to be pushy, aggressive, and more combative when in high-energy situations. No fighting in the club girl!

As an adult, Julie could become a coach, especially teaching elementary basketball teams. She might be a role model for other little girls who want to play basketball (she kind of already is within the American Girl line). Julie will be an active woman her whole life, which could keep her fit (She just has to be careful indulging in too many sweets having Sag Rising and Sun in Taurus XD).

Even if Julie settles down as a wife and mother, it’s not likely she will let it tie her down. She’s not likely going to like being just a “stay-at-home” mother. If she does stay at home all day, she will be restless and want to break away from her role a lot. She will like being active with her children. She will likely take her kids out to amusement parks or take them bike riding or play sports with them while her husband is at work.

Still, she could get irritable if all she does is keep house and tend to kids her whole life. She might pick up something creative to do while staying at home with her children.

She’s going to want to go out and do things. She’s going to need an outlet to express herself and her ideas, so she needs to be making a difference somewhere. Really, she probably won’t be so stable even at work. She will want to try many different creative things throughout her life. She should be careful not to be irresponsible with her work, skipping work for fun activities or quitting jobs that don’t offer the chance for her to have fun or be creative. Sometimes, she will have to do work she doesn’t like.

5th house is the house of love affairs. Generally, when she’s really in love or crushing hard, she will be rather shy (Venus in Pisces). However, there’s a side to her that will not be ashamed to flirt or express her loving feelings towards the person she’s interested in once she does finally confess to the person she likes. It’s likely in real love, she will be much shyer than when she’s just crushing on someone or thinking they’re cute or a lot of fun.

Despite that Venus conjunct Saturn placement, she’d probably have many love affairs. It’s likely she’d still have sudden attachments and then sudden break-ups in her relationships, especially as a teenager and young adult. This wouldn’t be her intention because her Mars is in Taurus. But she might not be too serious with any of them and might even just get with these people for the fun of it. More than likely, she’d go on many dates, but may not ever become an official partner to any of them. She might not see that dating is the same as marriage or that they are even linked. She should be careful of this because some people do feel dating is linked to marriage, that the point of dating is to find a stable partner.

Julie might be entirely too independent to be settled down after just one date. She won’t like partners who get clingy and possessive after one successful date.

When she likes someone, she might treat it like a game. She should be careful not to toy with people. She might not like rejection too much. It could make her angry.

Julie will be drawn to lovers that love to have a good time and socialize. If you’re taking her out on a date, it’d better be fun. She likes to be amused. More than likely, she’ll attend parties, amusement parks and centers, or sports games with a date.

The 5th house rules children. It’s likely Julie’s first child will be a boy or a girl who behaves like a typical boy (possibly inheriting Julie’s tomboy streak). This child might be energetic, hyperactive, courageous, and bold. The biology of the child is dependent on the male, so if she partners up with a male, he will probably have a strong male background (few sisters and female relatives).

She could have a child who is a Transgender male.

If she’s dating a woman sometime in her life, they might both agree to adopt a son or a very active girl first. If she does discover she has a different sexuality than what society is used to, she may not be comfortable fully coming out until far later in life. Though, having Mars in the 5th…She wouldn’t be ashamed either way. But life has a way of placing obstacles.

No matter what, the child will copy Julie’s active approach to life. They will like to have fun and they will be outgoing. They may get involved in sports and other physical activities.

Julie should be careful of being too strict or aggressive with her children, especially when her children anger or disappoint her. This doesn’t always mean she will physically abuse her children, but she might snap at them or discipline them in a harsh way. She might exhibit tough love sometimes. Rather than gently drying her child’s tears or letting them cry, she might tell them to suck it up. Having Moon in Libra and Venus in Pisces will soften this, as she will try to be as gentle as she can be usually. But when her children anger her, they will feel it. It’s likely she might get into aggressive arguments with her child as it gets older. The child is likely to be rather independent at an early age.

If she stays active with her children, it could channel both of their aggressive tendencies. She should be careful that her eruptive tendencies do not create a tense environment for her child. This is why it’s so important she stays away from alcohol and doesn’t deal with her child after drinking.

The 5th house rules over pregnancy. It’s highly likely Julie will remain active during her pregnancy. She won’t let any grass grow under her. However, she might be more aggressive when pregnant. She might feel impatient with the experience. She may decide not to conceive or may wait a long time to decide to do so because she doesn’t want to be tied down by her pregnancy. However, if she’s too reckless with herself, she could have unplanned pregnancies. Because Mars is in Taurus, it’s not likely, but it can happen.

As Julie gets older, it’s likely she’ll like taking risks in her career and personal life. She might try bungee jumping or skydiving one day! As long as these risks have limits, she will have a very fulfilling life worth envying. Of course, having Mars in Taurus might temper this a little. She’s a little more cautious than the average Mars…

Julie might have a lot of side hobbies that she flourishes. She might act on stage on the side. She might join art clubs or communities (as she gets older, maybe these communities will be online).

Observe Mars’s sign and aspects to get a fuller picture.

 

Mars trine uranus

Julie will need independence on her job and to choose her own career path. She may go into paths uncharted, but her recklessness could cause others to criticize her.

She will fight for whatever it is she’s passionate about and will be excellent at promoting herself and her projects, especially if they are unique or experimental. She will definitely be an eccentric leader.

She will definitely work hard and be successful in life, however she won’t be working a closed-up 9-to-5 job. She won’t like working under a strict person either. She will need some control over what she does.

Her biggest problem is she may wear herself out. She might take on too many activities and projects at once. She might lose interest in a lot of them quickly. Her other problem is she will want to do everything herself and have difficulty delegating responsibilities (though she needs to).

When Julie can tap into her sexiness, she will have a danger or risk factor about it that will challenge others. People will be drawn to this. However, she may find marriage and conventional romance limiting. She might not mind innocent flirting even when she’s in a relationship and may be drawn to a partner (especially if the partner is a man) that’s open-minded and experimental. She may be hard to pin down.

 

Mars trine pluto

Julie will have a strong determination, courage, and confidence. Julie will be charismatic and likely very attractive to people, especially to the opposite sex.

She will be heavily involved in social causes and will have strong influence on others. She will seek to change her life and the world around her. She will have strong leadership abilities and will leave her mark on the world in some way. Julie will be able to channel her unconcious sex appeal in every single business she goes into.

If Julie is interested in men, she will be drawn to men who are strong, confident, and sexy. She will want her romantic connections to have a deep and meaningful nature.

 

Sun in Taurus

Julie knows she’s a Taurus.

With this position, Julie will mostly spend her life in the pursuit of comfort and security. This will be what she basically needs her whole life to feel content, confident, and happy overall. She will be seeking to feed her confidence through what she owns, whether it be material goods or some other thing.

Julie will work hard her whole life just to maintain the stability she needs in life to feel esteem and self-worth. Julie will be focused on her goals.

It might take Julie a long time to get her life started down the path she wants it to go. This could mean she might be slow to get a job, develop a career, move out of her parents’ home, develop relationships, etc. She will reach these goals at her own pace. In fact, she will set her own goals rather than try to keep up with everyone else. She will be a strong person her whole life. It will be hard to push her where she doesn’t want to go.

Still, she might seem rather sluggish in comparison to her peers. Mostly, Julie will like to take it easy and may fear change. Leaving home is just another form of change. This is amplified by the fact she will love to be home with her family. Starting a job or a new job is another form of change. Julie will be loyal to every situation, creating stability in her life in some fashion, but she may stay in situations longer than she needs to. Despite the fact Julie will want to drop things if they aren’t offering her creativity or opportunities to express herself (Mars in Taurus), she might not be so hasty if her place of employment provides the stability she needs in life. She might be unhappy, but she will stick with it until she finds better. Even then, she would like to be in a place where she at least knows the routine.

The biggest issue with this stubborn and rooted streak is they might delay their own development in life or let life pass them by because they missed out on bigger and better opportunities.

Julie will only feel successful if she’s able to see tangible results and watch things multiply. As she saves her money and watches it grow, that will give her satisfaction. It’s likely she’ll be interested in job fields that require cultivation and promise increase.

Some careers she might typically find herself dealing with in life are finance, industry, production, something dealing with nature, farming, education, art, beauty, wellness, luxury, or her senses in general (like with catering or food). Art seems to be a strong leaning in her chart.

She won’t like to be in a profession that’s filled with urgency or risk. She is creative and down-to-earth. She’d be good at running her own business. This is also a very strong leaning in her chart.

Julie is likely to want to save up for rainy days and create a cushion for all areas of her life. She will create strategies to maintain stability in some part of her life, no matter how hectic it is in other aspects of her life. She is very organized, and could probably use this in whatever field she goes into.

This position shows Julie will have a connection with beauty. It’s likely she will try to surround herself with items that are comfortable and pleasing to look at. Her home will be a haven for most people visiting. She will like to relax after a hard day at work.

Julie is likely to grow up to be very attractive. Weight gain is common as she gets older, but she will have curves in all the right places to most people and she will have a sweet face that will be hard to resist. It’s likely many people will like her.

The Sun rules over the husband or committed partner in a man’s chart, usually the one assumed to be the head of the household. Julie might more easily commit to someone she’s attracted to. She’s likely to want to marry for love, not just status or to escape a situation (though those might be added on as options).

She might be drawn to a husband that is dealing with finances, production of something, nature, art, beauty, wellness, luxury, or the senses. It’s likely her husband will be simple but produce a stable income for her and her family. She won’t want to marry someone who doesn’t have their finances in order. She’s also looking for mental and emotional stability, too. He might also be a Taurus or have a strong Venus leaning in his chart. This person would have to be like a rock the family can depend on. She will want someone who willingly gives more than they expect to receive. She will want someone easy-going, mild-tempered, and down-to-earth.

She wants someone faithful, thoughtful, and kind. She won’t care if her husband is filled with surprises, but she values appreciation and love. She might like a little romance in her committed relationship.

Despite her loving that high-energy love life with the 5th house being in Aries and Mars settled there too, it’s likely she won’t commit to any partner like that in the long run (unless she can find someone who has a little bit of both).

It’s likely Julie’s father will remarry or start dating sooner than even his wife. Julie may be quite possessive of her father and jealous of any women that come into his life. But if she’s nice and spoils Julie enough, Julie may like her (but have a hard time admitting it).

Observe the Sun’s house and aspects, as well as ruling planet Venus’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

Sun in 5th house

This is the placement that pushed Julie to develop athletic abilities (the Sun ruling the father and other male influences, that’s where she learned these abilities). This is also why she fought hard to be on the boys’ team.

It’s likely Julie will play sports, particularly basketball, in high school. This position also ensures Julie will be rather popular in high school. It’s likely she will be on many school activities. She will have school spirit! Julie will probably better than most boys at sports which could earn the admiration of her fellow female peers but make the boys around her intimidated.

Julie will be a partier. I think I’ve emphasized this enough. Throughout high school, she will probably be at a party every weekend (and maybe after school on Friday). Her college life is likely to have partying in it. As she gets older, she may enjoy more sophisticated parties, but they are likely still going to be fun. She will throw the best birthdays for her children. Her own birthday parties will be on fire. Everyone will want holidays parties thrown at her house because she tends to bring them to life. She should be careful not to get too drunk during these events though. She might enjoy a game of cards and may enjoy bets. However, she should watch her tendency to bet more than she can deliver.

Julie’s own child is likely to be a very popular child. The likelihood her first child is male is very strong. And her son would be an Alpha male, really athletic with a strong ego. It’s likely he’ll like attention. If she has a girl, the girl will beat the boys at sports just like her mother. She might exhibit more dominant and strong traits. She will still be really popular. Julie will be very involved in her child’s life. In fact, her whole personal life will surround her children. They will motivate her choices in life.

This is if she has children at all though. This placement often makes individuals independent of children, especially if the Sun is in a fire sign. Sun in Taurus isn’t bad, but she might take her time changing her whole way of life with children. However, she may be very involved with her neighbors’ children, children at work, or her nieces and nephews or baby cousins.

If Julie were to have children, she would probably spend more time with them than her own partner. She might spoil her children, giving them most of her attention and affection. She would probably spend a lot of time playing with her kids.

While pregnant, Julie might seek the attention of her partner and family. She will definitely want a baby shower to honor her and the baby. She will give all of her attention to her child and try to make it into a celebration (despite her eagerness to have the baby born). She still may be independent and may want to live her life. It may be a challenge, but she will feel it’s important.

Julie will probably have a knack with performing. She may act in several school plays or get involved in talent shows. Career in the arts is likely with this placement. She might even work with children. She might spend much time having fun with children. Teaching is a possible profession or working with children in some way.

5th house rules the love life. Julie is likely to have the feeling of falling in love all the time, even if she doesn’t pursue these feelings seriously. She may just like being romanced.

The Sun rules the husband. Julie may commit to someone who is fun and romantic. She will settle with someone risk-taking. These qualities don’t always come from committal types though, so she may have a difficult time finding someone entertaining and loyal.

Julie’s father is likely to have many romantic affairs or dates with women. Julie may be introduced to all of his dates as she ages. He will have his fun.

The Sun’s sign and aspects should be observed.

 

Sun conjunct Mars

Julie will makes sure she asserts her identity. She will not let anyone tell her who she is or who she should be. She will decide her own life path and what makes her happy. People will know who she is in whatever field she gets into.

Julie will have a fast reaction to situations, so she would be good in jobs that require quick action, especially during emergency situations. She might train in combat as well.

Julie is driven and ambitious. She will get what she wants in life. Julie may find that people receive her as masculine and she may intimidate men.

Observe Sun and Mars’s signs, houses, and other aspects.

 

Sun trine Uranus

Julie will not have a problem with being different or unique, and this attitude will begin to really show itself in high school. She will definitely be interested in progressive projects and will want to be remembered for her originality. She has excellent leadership skills. She can take advantage of her talents without letting her ego take over.

Julie will definitely have a humanistic side, wanting to care and understand people as well as help them.

Observe Sun and Uranus’s sign, house, and other aspects.

 

Sun trine Pluto

Julie will have power over people without realizing. She will make an impact. This will be most evident in her career. She may be placed in positions of power in her career suddenly. She might take on a position of power willingly, but she may not realize how much this impacts others. More than likely, her power will be used for good. If Julie isn’t in a position of power, she will have many connections with people who are in power or with people who have power over people.

Whatever career she chooses, she will go to great lengths to research and master her chosen field.

Observe Sun and Pluto’s sign, houses, and other aspects to get the full picture.

 

House 6 Taurus

With Taurus on the 6th, weight gain is highly possible. These people have rich taste buds and love fine food. They eat for comfort and they are indulgent. This doesn’t always mean they eat junk or processed food. It’s likely Julie may be very concerned with eating natural and organic food. She just might eat a lot of it.

Mars in the 5th house will keep her life active enough where she won’t have to worry about lack of exercise, but she may get lazy sometimes. She might especially be a little lax on her daily chores. When she comes home from a hard day at work, her first instinct will be to get a snack and relax. It might be this way for her in high school. While Tracy is still in the house with her, she gets to share chores. Once Tracy moves out, many of the chores might fall on her, which she might not like too much as a teenager.

Julie may have a difficult time starting high school. She might have to get used to the routine. Eventually, she will master the routine, but she might be a little lazy with classwork and homework. She might pace herself or procrastinate until the end, which she won’t like because she hates to have to rush.

6th house rules the work we do (not necessarily the careers we build like in the 10th house). Julie is likely to work with raw materials. She might work at creating or constructing something like pottery, sculptures, buildings or small houses, and other crafts. She might work with design and style, like styling hair, fashion, make-up, among others. She might create her own bath and beauty products. She could work with relaxing the body teaching yoga classes, working to give massages, or as an aromatherapist. She might do some work with a farm or nature in some fashion. She might be a cook or chef or food assistant at one time. Her first job will be in a restaurant. She might work with money as a bank teller. This house can tell people a lot about our first job as well as how we adjust to our school routine.

Observe ruling planet Venus’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

House 7 Gemini

The 7th house rules our partner, normally the marriage partner. It’s who we work with and who comes to help us balance our lives. It’s not about love or emotional support. It’s simply the partner that can manage and work with the personality. The 7th house is opposite the Rising for this reason.

Because Julie will be humorous, jovial, expansive and broad, she will attract a witty, bright, intelligent, and clever partner. This person might be curious and talkative. The partner might seem like a brother to her or they might seem like best friends. They might be up with the latest trends: the latest technology, the latest styles, the latest music, and the latest social trends. They might be a writer of some sort. She might have a mental connection with her partner. Her partner is likely to be an entertaining conversationalist. Her partner might have some social connections with people. They might be youthful and sociable. The partner might be ambidextrous or they might work well with their hands (manual dexterity).

Her partner is likely to be someone she’s met in her immediate everyday environment, possibly someone from the neighborhood.

The partner might have two last names for some reason, which could be confusing.

Julie will want a partner she can talk to. She will want someone who can make conversation. She will want someone on her level mentally. She will like to have fun and want someone who is socially conscious like she is (know your public manners and what’s socially acceptable, aware of what’s going on in the world, etc).

She might be concerned about the last name of her partner, which might seem unusual to some people but is very noticeable to her.

The 7th house can rule the kind of partner Julie is looking for as well as the partners she attract. She must beware of attracting the negative qualities associated with Gemini into her life.

Julie might end up marrying a thief. She might attract partners that are fickle, tricky, and mean her no good. Her partner might be scattered and superficial. This partner may be good at gossiping or talking about her to other people. The partner may have issues with focus. It could be they lack mental focus or they have issues staying faithful (which will be bad for her Sun in Taurus personality). Julie might be swindled by her marriage partner.

While these qualities could come from the partner, Julie must make sure she isn’t the partner producing the negative qualities. She might end up swindling her partner. She might be fickle, tricky, and a cheater. She could have issues staying faithful. She might have multiple marriage partners or her partner will have had several marriages. Julie must be careful of airing her relationship issues out in public.

The 7th house can rule over business partners and anything legal.

Julie will likely have connections with many different people. Her business partners will be clever and intelligent. She will want to work with people who understand society and how it works. Her business partners might be talkative. Julie herself may communicate openly with her business partners. Her partner may seem like a sibling, even at work. Julie works well with bright, adaptable, and handy.

She should be careful she doesn’t get with business partners who can talk such a good game they swindle her, steal from her, or trick her in some way. Her business partner might be superficial and gossipy too. This person might be scattered, hard to pin down, and unfocused.

12th house rules hidden enemies, while the 7th house rules over open enemies. Julie might have issues with thieves, tricksters, and high-strung children (especially if she’s working as a teacher) throughout her lifetime.

Julie might marry or do business with a partner that’s Mercurial or a Gemini.

Observe Mercury’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

Jupiter in Gemini

Julie will gain many benefits using her natural wit and curiosity. Julie is naturally social, and people naturally gravitate towards her. She’s likely to make many connections in life that lead her to the path she wants to follow. She’s versatile and adaptable. She can adjust to any circumstance.

She will have the ability to be open-minded and might have a love of learning. As the technology age fast approaches her in her adult years, she will adjust very well. She will be able to absorb and use it to her benefit. In fact, getting involved with technology could be something that brings opportunities to her. She might work through social media or with rising technology (the 3rd house Aquarius even makes hints towards this).

Julie will be filled with ideas that most people will find amazing. She will have success in broadcasting these ideas in writing, music, performing, teaching or taking care of children. Spoiler: It’s likely she’ll be back in the news based on some new idea she had. She may be involved in publishing, broadcasting, telecommunications or travel. She will definitely have some connections with media and the arts.

Her gift is the art of communication. This will get her far. She will gain many opportunities because she knows how to speak to others. She could pick up new languages quickly (and we saw how quickly she picked up sign language and Chinese). She would be good at teaching it other people or traveling to foreign countries to do business. She might be good at multitasking, which could make her good with any secretarial responsibilities.

Her first weakness is a lack of focus. She might have too many opportunities. This might not seem like an issue, but the money may not be stable after a while. It’s a good thing Sun in Taurus is there to put the breaks on this scattered sign. Still, she should watch this tendency so it doesn’t affect that part of her Sun life (which is so important for overall contentment). To ease this energy, she should head towards stable fields that offer a lot of variety.

Her other weakness is neglecting the emotional and physical needs of herself and others (especially her partner). She might be too busy with her own activities, she forgets to tend to her intimate and personal life.

Her last weakness will be her issue with not knowing how to shut down. She may get information overload. Eventually, as she gets more technology in her home, it may become even more of a challenge. She will have issues seeing the big picture, taking a step back, and looking at life outside of her smartphone.

Taking a walk in her neighborhood and actually chatting with people could lead to luck. It already had in her youth! As she gets older, she should continue to do this and not let work or technology absorb her.

Her cousins and siblings might become good friends and allies of hers as she gets older. They might bring her luck and opportunities as well.

Observe Jupiter’s house and aspects, as well as ruling planet Mercury’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

Jupiter in 7th house

This is a great placement. All the negative I just listed about Gemini on the 7th house cusp might not happen because of this. Or Julie might end up with the benefits or unscathed by any negativity in the end.

This placement can make the dream of a wonderful marriage a reality. Julie might also have successful business relationships with this placement.

One marriage in Julie’s life is likely, even if she’s hesitant to start a family (Saturn and Chiron in the 4th house). If she doesn’t marry, she will likely be in a committed relationship at least once. With Jupiter being the planet of expansion, Julie might have multiple partners (especially because it’s in Gemini). If Julie isn’t the one with multiple partners, she might have a partner who has had many partners. Or she might have a partner who seems to have a lot of personality.

It’s likely Julie will get with someone who is funny, kind, and helps Julie out a lot. Her partner will give her a lot of benefits (being in Gemini, she will gain many connections from this union). The partner might be religious or philosophical. The partner might also be from a different culture or country background (possibly with some attachments to the USA, considering Venus is in the 4th). Perhaps the partner will be from a family of immigrants, but was raised in the USA. They might be of a different race though! By Julie’s time as an adult, this will just be starting to become a possibility.

The partner might be a teacher, guru, or mentor of some sort. They might inspire Julie. The person might be good and compassionate, which will motivate Julie to look at the world in a broad way, too.

If Julie were to get married, it’s likely she will plan a very fantastic wedding. It is likely to be joyful. The partner might be religious or philosophical, so there may be some deep meaning present in the wedding atmosphere, just the way Julie likes. Julie just has to be careful spending too much money on a wedding. And if she doesn’t have a stable relationship, she should be careful getting married too many times. It’s likely she’ll be stable mostly in her committed relationship though.

Julie will have super diplomatic skills. She will be good at negotiating. Really, she could have gifts working in the legal system or lobbying. If not, she will be good at defending herself, even making friends of her enemies. She will gain a lot through contracts and legal affairs. If she does ever get divorced, it’s likely she will come out on top. In fact, she and her partner might still be on good terms with no issues after it all.

Observe Jupiter’s sign and aspects.

 

Jupiter Square Saturn

Throughout life, Julie’s faith and optimism will be tested in life by other people and circumstances. A sense of responsibility may prevent Julie from fully expressing her creativity. It could be that her creativity becomes intertwined with her career, which actually puts pressure on Julie rather than allows inspiration to flow naturally.

Julie may have issues with her self-esteem. This may come from issues with her parents. Any criticism she may have received from parents or teachers will have impacted her negatively.

The plus side is these hard experiences will actually make Julie more successful in any career she chooses. She’s career will involve her beliefs and morals in some way. She would like to have a positive and practical impact on society. Julie will work hard to make a difference in the world, which will earn her respect-but also criticism. Part of the problem is that when things go well, she might build a strong ego, may be extravagant, and have surges of hope and faith. But hurdles do come, and when they do, she’s going lack confidence, discipline herself, and give in to bouts of pessimism.

Julie will have to work hard and find practical ways to express her creativity and beliefs. She will always be striving to improve herself and she will expect a lot from herself. Her challenge will be to stick with her beliefs, stand her moral ground, and keep her hopes up despite negative feedback. There will be controversy and criticism surrounding Julie, but her hard work will eventually pay off with wealth and an abundance of many opportunities.

Observe Jupiter and Saturn’s signs, houses, and other aspects.

 

House 8 Cancer

With this position, it’s likely Julie will inherit her mother’s business (as well as her mother’s debts). She will definitely take on the family trade of selling art and may even inherit the apartment her mother lives in. She might receive all of her mother’s trinkets.

The 8th house does rule over sex, and ultimately that influences pregnancy. Julie might be shy when dealing with sexual matters, so it’s likely she’s not going to have children quickly. However, if she has a good marriage partner and feels like she’s secure and in love, she might have many children (that’s if she’s heterosexual). It’s likely she will not like sharing her sexuality with others, but may feel the need to defend her sexual preferences all the time.

The 8th house rules touchy subjects like death. As Julie’s parents age, she will definitely be the one caring for them. If any of them should pass away, she will be broken because she would have spent so much time caring for them. At the same time, the memories would make her stronger every day.

The 8th house rules the legacy we leave in this world. Julie is likely to leave a legacy among women. Whatever she does in life will impact all the women around her. She’s already doing that within the American Girl brand. She might also be known as being gentle and sympathetic. She should be careful of being known as someone who nagged, clung on to people and things, or as someone who was tempramental.

Observe ruling luminary Moon’s sign, house, and aspects to get a full picture.

 

House 9 Leo

It’s likely Julie will actively demonstrate her stance on her moral and ethical beliefs. She might be famous for them even.

Julie might have extravagant beliefs on how she should live her life. It’s likely she’ll want to live life to the fullest. Much in her chart shows she will have a colorful life.

The writer Amy wanted to know if Julie ever cultivates a religion. If Julie ever were to cultivate a religious beliefs system, it would have to be a religion that supports generosity and benevolence, but she might be arrogant and domineering pushing people to believe as she does.

In college, Julie might study drama or something performance related. She might definitely study art. It’s possible she will also study to be a leader of some sort.

Observe the luminary Sun’s sign, house, and aspects to get the full picture.

 

Uranus in Virgo

This is a generational planet and it affects all the people born within Julie’s time. The writer Amy called them Generation X: The Divorce Generation.

This planet represents one part of the generational influence though.

Uranus is the planet of sudden change mostly in ideas and attitudes. It seeks to break us away from old molds of thinking and forces us to find innovative ways to solve life’s unexpected difficulties.

Julie was born and growing up while the workforce, technology, and health was changing. When Julie was growing up, women were entering the workforce at rapid speeds along with other former disenfranchised people. Duties, responsibilities, and attitudes towards daily living was changing. People were making complete lifestyle changes. Technology was growing, expanding everyone’s mind, including Julie’s. When Julie was growing up, people were more aware of the environment and how it impacts health (as we read in her story).

As Julie ages, these changes won’t stop for her, but she will become an active participant in making these changes around her. As she gets older, there may be sudden changes to the workforce whether it’s the working culture or the availability of jobs. There may be a shift on what becomes a job as old jobs no longer exist and new jobs are invented.

Julie herself might seek to make changes on her own jobs (just like she made changes at school). She may want to improve the environment for women like herself. She may improve working conditions in some way. She may be the sign of change in her job. Possibly she may be the only woman in her field or something like that. She might create her own jobs.

It’s likely Julie will embrace the latest technology, and she might have some ideas of her own on how to make things more efficient around her (just like everyone else in her generation). She might be quite mechanical.

Julie might adapt new ways of taking care of her health, like a new diet and exercise routine. She might try being a vegetarian or vegan at some point in her life. She might make sudden changes to her own lifestyle so that she can become healthier. She has to be careful of popping a pill in her mouth everytime she feels sick. This generation will be more open to medications, but pills aren’t always the best way to heal serious cases.

On the other hand, Julie’s generation may try more natural ways of healing themselves with herbs, supplements, and such. They should still watch that they go to an expert for a regular check-up. Julie is likely to get into this herself, seeing as she’s such a natural person (6th house Taurus).

By Julie’s time, there will be more advanced ways to keep clean and tend to one’s hygiene than in other American Girls’ times. Julie may be more educated and knowledgeable about herself and her body.

This generation has been making changes around them. They have issued bans on smoking, encouraged Yoga and pilates and going to the gym, and focused on organic food. Julie may support these changes in some way.

The downside to this placement is that Julie may not be able to keep a steady job. She may feel she can’t retire from one form of work (the whole generation might be experiencing this). She might seem to hop from job to job. Possibly, she stays in one building or profession, but her duties and responsibilities always seem to change. This may push her to find innovative ways to gain the stability she desires from a job.

They might not get along with authority figures at school or at their place of employment because they don’t follow the rules. Julie already has shown to have that happening in her elementary school. It’s likely this will happen in high school and when she becomes an adult. Julie will not fall in line and let her job control her.

There are also changes to her responsibilities and duties in life in general. Women’s roles in the home, at work, and in society at large will be changing, and that will impact Julie. She may seek to change women’s roles in society. If anything, everyone’s attitudes about duties and responsibilities will change because the world will change their attitudes. Things will happen suddenly that force them to change up what they’ve been doing for generations.

Julie may also feel like she’s always experiencing sudden changes to her health. She may feel like she discovers new things about her body. The whole generation may experience this to a certain degree. This is partially why the generation eventually finds new ways to tackle their health.

Julie might have a career in business. Julie might hold corporate jobs, which would promise financial success. She could be a CEO in any field she desires to get into. She could have a career in politics or with the public in some fashion. She could be an engineer or teacher. She might study science and history, as well as health and the environment (especially in college, considering Uranus is in the 9th).

Alternative lifestyles might appeal to her. It’s likely she will be a saver and will try to save and reuse items in new ways rather than spend a whole lot of money on new and useless stuff.

Uranus in Virgo can come out in two ways. Along with her generation, Julie could seek to change society to become more “pure” in her eyes or she could change the ideas of what society think is pure and create a new meaning behind it. In either way, she’s going to be dealing with perfections and imperfections. If she wants society to be more perfect, she will be fighting a losing battle. But her efforts might be to get society as efficient, healthy, and clean as it can be, which wouldn’t be all bad. If she wants to change people’s ideas of perfection, she may have more success in the Age of Aquarius. If we once thought a person wearing tattoos was a sign of that person’s imperfection, Uranus in Virgos will make it more pure in our minds by providing an alternative way of thinking about it!

Observe Uranus’s house and aspects, as well as ruling planet Mercury’s sign, house and aspects.

 

Uranus in 9th house

This placement is why it’s hard to fathom Julie’s religious beliefs exactly. Really, as Julie grows older, she will seek out her own truth, breaking away from religious dogma she’s been told her whole life. It’s likely she won’t follow a religious path established by her parents or society as a whole. She might adapt a counter religion. She may become agnostic or atheist. She might have a new view of Christianity. Regardless, she will need to be free to find the truth for herself and won’t have anyone shove their religion down her throat. It’s likely she won’t attend the church of her grandparents and parents.

This is probably why she shows an interest in astrology. It’s something new. It’s likely she will try to gain more knowledge on it as she gets older. She might change her religious beliefs suddenly and constantly throughout her life.

She also won’t end her education with her teachers, especially in college. She will not always think the professors are right and will search for changes and flaws in the information she’s taught. She will not be easily brainwashed. She may not think college is the only way to get a higher education and may seek other forms of higher education or other ways of getting the knowledge she desires. Unfortunately, the downside is that she may never finish college fully or it may be delayed in favor of an alternative. Her chart shows she’s likely to attend University, but it doesn’t show she’s likely to finish. If she studies something dealing with technology or advancement, she might be more successful at school. As she gets older, the advancement of technology may make it easier for her to finish school. She might study online at her own pace and time.

If Julie ever were to become a teacher, she would have a unique and unconventional approach to teaching.

She might have her own innovative thoughts on philosophy and spirituality that she might publish one day. She might even have them published online!

Julie will definitely have a philosophy of the ultimate utopian and altruistic society. She is definitely going to be involved in social reforms. She will definitely be a philosophical preacher and teacher in the social movements she follows and organizes. She has the potential to be quite radical though. She doesn’t have too many bad aspects, so she might be able to make progress. But this doesn’t make her immune to thinking all old or conservative patterns should be done away with (especially if she doesn’t offer structured alternatives in place of what she wants to change).

Julie might likely get many unexpected opportunities to travel. Her aspects don’t seem too bad, so she probably won’t meet too many disasters in her traveling. Still, it’d be best for her to stay away from countries filled with mass movements and political unrest.

Julie may decide to travel suddenly, which could make adventures exciting but chaotic and dangerous. She should at least prepare a little for these voyages or she will cause herself unnecessary stress for herself (and others with her). But she’s not likely to turn down a trip if she’s offered one.

Uranus conjunct Pluto

There’s a single concentrated rebellious urge from this generation, and Julie may carry it with her. Because both are in Virgo, it may come out in quiet ways, but it will be there nonetheless. There will be some power struggles due to the power structures in place. These people will be aiming to get rid of those in power and establish a more liberating and progressive alternative.

This need to rebel for freedom could affect every part of her adult life, at work, in her daily life, in her family, and in her relationships. Julie will not allow anyone to control or dominate her. She will not like being spoken down to. This is the generation that’s building a collaborative work environment as opposed to a boss-servant structure that was once in place.

Observe Uranus and Pluto’s signs, houses, and other aspects to get the full picture.

 

Pluto in Virgo

Pluto is a planet of change like Uranus. However, Uranus is open, unexpected, and swift. Pluto is lying beneath the surface, only those who have been paying attention are aware of the changes, but the after effects last a lifetime. Pluto becomes more realized after tragedies and hardships more than anything.

Pluto is another generational planet, so it will affect Julie’s whole generation.

When Julie was growing up, there were drastic changes in the workplace. Some of these changes brought power struggles. Many movements pushing for equal rights in Julie’s youth brought tremendous opportunities to people of many backgrounds. This allowed people of many different backgrounds to enter into workplaces together. By the time Julie is an adult, this will be a norm. In fact, there will continue to be many different people of many more different backgrounds than when she was growing up.

Julie could use her power to influence her workplace. She could work in a position of power. She could use her power to make important changes in her workplace. Julie may find her workplace is changing, but she may also see the destruction of old work systems. Because more people are able to apply for jobs, the competition will be fiercer. New ideas from these communities of different people will change the working culture. People who once had a job may suddenly find themselves being “cut”. Throughout life, she may find new structures in the workforce that need to be torn down. Her life may be focused on these issues.

These rights movements didn’t just impact work. They impacted daily routines. People could go to the same stores, schools, neighborhoods, no matter their background. The common man was on par with the higher man. As Julie gets older, she will see a diverse range of people mingling with her in her daily life. She will receive services from many different kinds of people.

Her own daily routines will change, especially thanks to technology and the fact that the workplace will allow women like Julie more opportunities.

Machines were also being built and sending the hope to change the world while Julie was a child. Julie may have been surrounded by that thought of computers or robots taking care of daily tasks and far more efficiently than humans. Eventually, Julie will begin to see technology take over her world. Her generation of people will be the main ones seeking to make technology more powerful than it was before.

She will see how powerful technology is, how it can make things operate at a faster pace and with more precision. She will definitely have technology in her home and at work. She will probably have a hand in inventing the most powerful technology in the world, whether with computers, cell phones, or video game consoles.

At the same time, she may watch technology, even the ones she have invented, destroy people’s jobs (because it will do the jobs humans once did and be the main form of) and she will watch technology take away simple daily natural pleasures. This could both excite her and scare her. As she watches her kids grow, she may observe them getting addicted to technology.  While she may see its power, she may also feel people don’t get out and exercise or take the time to tend to the daily necessities. She may feel people miss the little things going on around them. She may see the unhealthy ways technology is impacting society.

Regardless of how technology impacts society, Julie may be able to discover her own power through technology and mechanics.

There may be tremendous breakthroughs in medicine and health. New vaccines and new pills to take. Birth control will not be as stigmatized by the time Julie is an adult, which could actually impact Julie. People will be able to live much longer than former generations. Julie’s generation will be able to see the importance of health, diet, and exercise and how it allows the body to live longer.

However, along with new medicine, there will be more diseases and accidents with medicine.

Julie might continue to use her influence to improve people’s health as well as the environment.

Pluto does rule sex, and while Pluto was in Virgo, Julie and her generation will begin to be educated on sexually transmitted diseases by the time they are young adults. They may be more aware of this and may seek to find cures or seek to curb it somehow in their own personal lives. This may cause women like Julie to be more particular or fussy about their sexual partners (which curbs unwanted pregnancies).

While Pluto can make you fear things, it can cause obsessions. It’s likely Julie will obsess over perfecting everything. She might obsess over details. She might seem obsessed with her work, her health, and technology (especially as it advances to become more efficient). She might seem obsessed with routine.

Julie might find power in careers that deal with technology, health, and science. Those will be the big-ticket careers when she’s an adult. Chances are people in those fields will be making most of the money, so Julie might jump into these fields or encourage many of her kids to get into those fields because she didn’t (though the big-ticket careers might start changing once her kids become adults).

Observe Pluto house and aspects, as well as ruling planet Mercury’s sign, house, and aspects.

 

Pluto in 9th house

Julie will definitely have the power to influence people with this position. We’ve seen it when she was a child. Imagine her influence when she becomes an adult!

Deeper sciences might fascinate Julie. She might be interested in studying somethin like molecular biology and nuclear physics in college. She might study trends and patterns, possibly the psychology of society and how people are thinking, as well as how that’s impacting the way the world works. She might publish psychology books one day. She could be a very deep and thought-provoking teacher. She may become obsessed with learning all the deep stuff.

This position also leans towards being radical about beliefs. Julie has to be careful of being dogmatic about her powerful beliefs. It’s likely her ideas will change the world, but showing it down others’ throats could cause wars.

As Julie gets older, she may go on one life-changing journey to another location, possibly a foreign country. She might live in a foreign country for some time and it will have an impact on her. It’s likely Julie won’t have many opportunities to travel out of the country while she’s young (despite the fact her father is a pilot), but she may have a longing desire to do so. She may become obsessed with traveling as she gets older.

There is a strong likelihood Julie will be interested in politics and law. Julie will want to influence people of her ideas. Julie will fight for her ideas and she may be set on proving the world that she knows what she’s talking about. However, in these positions she will have to be careful of making it more about control than helping people.

If she translates this energy well, she might seek to transform society. She might study many deep philosophy books that give her the inspiration to change society.

 

House 10 Virgo

The 10th house is the house of careers, occupation, profession, and public reputations. It’s likely Julie will go into a field where she can use her mechanical abilities and eye for details. She might be quite good at perfecting the public image itself. No matter the job, she could be a good publicist or publicity agent. She might become a professional critic. She might learn and make use of her professional skills. It’s likely she may become an efficient typist, may learn to organize files, and she may use updated software in her profession.

She might be an efficiency expert. She might become a professional organizer. This could mean she might organize people’s lives for a living. She might be a secretary, home-improvement expert, or wedding planner. Regardless, she will be able to put her efficiency to use in whatever career she goes into.

She might develop a career dealing with medicine. There’s a leaning in her chart toward health. It’s likely she will do business with health-related fields. She might develop a career dealing with exercise, diet, or even cleaning the environment.

Julie may be well known publicly for doing everything perfectly. This might be because of her own cleverness. Julie may work hard to make anything she does come across effortless to others. She will want to provide the best and easiest services for people. She might desire to be seen as “perfect” in whatever career she chooses. She may not like anyone doubting her work.

She will not like being criticized at work and she won’t like anyone criticizing her career choices, whatever they may be. Her career choices may not be something she developed largely, and most people may think it’s more like a job than a career. She may turn her regular job into a career.

Julie may always be concerned about her work. Her work will influence her reputation. However, she should be careful that her work doesn’t negatively impact her health. She might be concerned about that. It’s likely she will want to be fit and healthy for work and won’t know how to sit down and be sick when she really is.

People in her career will know her routine quite well. Her career might require a lot of practice to master the skills, so she will be respected for getting as far as she did. She won’t get where she wants to go easily. It’s likely she will have to work hard, in very humbling positions, to get where she wants to go in her career. She might start at the very bottom in her chosen career.

Despite this, Julie has high expectations for herself. It’s important for her to choose the “right” career, which could be the right career for her or a career most people would acknowledge as a real career. She will develop all the skills she needs to become successful. She will be adaptable and do whatever she can do just to get her start with the company she wants to work for. This humble attitude and willingness to work hard will get her far. By becoming more efficient (and organized), she will be able to climb in her position and reputation in her career.

No matter how high Julie climbs up the ladder, it’s likely she’ll remain humble and never forget how hard she worked to get to the top. She will never think she got there by sheer luck and natural talent. She will remember how much she had to learn, and she will carry that with her if she ever gets into a position as an authority member.

10th house rules the other parent, usually the father. But it can also be the mother if she plays both roles. Julie might encourage her children to work hard and that nothing in life comes easy.

Observe Mercury’s sign, house, and aspects to get the full picture.

 

Moon in Libra

The Moon energy is the energy of the mother. It shows us about Julie’s own mother and the kind of mother she will be.

It’s likely Julie’s own mother wouldn’t have been single for long and may have developed a relationship with someone as Julie got older. Julie might have conflicting feelings about it. Generally, Julie will try to be a good kid, but she may feel unsure about a whole new family.

Julie will be a very “Libran” mother. She will be romantic, sensitive, and sweet. She will try to be positive and tender with her children. It’s likely Julie will try to make love and affection a natural part of her nurturing process. She will be the diplomatic and calm one in the family, trying to smooth over her kids’ arguments and negotiating with them. Hopefully, she doesn’t get into bribing them. It’s likely she will try to be fair.

Julie will inherit good manners from her mother and may seek to pass it on to her own children. She will teach her children to think about others before herself.

The Moon also tells us how a woman will be as a wife. It’s likely Julie’s marriage will be a priority. She will be a very dedicated wife. But it’s likely if there are issues in Julie’s marriage, it will affect her children (just like her parents’ marriage affected her). However, most of the time she will love to be in love with her partner. She likely will believe commitment should be about love. Julie will want a partner that has a mental and intellectual connection with her.

She will compromise with her partner in many aspects, sometimes compromising her own wants, needs, and desires. She should be careful not to lose herself in her relationships.

It’s likely Julie will seek a partnership early in life. She won’t like living alone, for sure (we read about this in her first Volume). However, she may not necessarily need a romantic partner. She may consume her life with her business partners or friends. Slumber parties at her house are likely well into her young adult years.  She might throw a lot of parties within her home just so she won’t feel alone. In college, she will want the experience of having a roommate, possibly have an idealistic view of the experience. After college, she’s likely to roommate with someone else rather than live alone.

Despite Julie’s desire to keep everything in her life balanced, she may have insecurities which could affect her career and personal life (family, health, relationships, etc). She will have a problem in seeing the flaw in everything around her. Because she seeks balance, beauty, and harmony, she will notice when it isn’t there. Though she may have the intention of being diplomatic, she may get into debates or arguments with her partner and will seek to win. She will grill her partner and always seek to have the last word.

Julie will develop a few skills from this position. We already know she will have artistic abilities, which she may make a career out of. We also have seen that she could be an excellent negotiator. Julie will also be good at bringing people together for events or parties, which she will host. She’d make an excellent hostess. She might be good at planning events and she will have the artistic flair for decorating. Her only problem is she may delegate the actual “work” to her supporters. She’s better at planning than taking action.

Julie may also develop the skill of changing her personality to fit the people she’s around, which could work in her favor if she’s working with the public. This allows her to make anyone feel comfortable around her, though it may confuse others. Julie will be able to put on a poker face even when her emotions are see-sawing (as it often will). She can remain even-tempered despite her rocking feelings.

Libra is an air sign, and this position has shown a serious connection with the air. Julie might enjoy skydiving, parachuting, or riding in an airplane (considering her dad is a pilot). She might get into a profession that involves the air in some way.

Moon rules the home. It’s likely Julie will REALLY love luxury and comfort. Her Sun in Taurus will desire the physical comforts, while her Moon in Libra will like to have many things in the home for others to admire. She will have very artistic taste. It’s likely Julie will keep a beautiful home (even if it’s messy sometimes because of her hectic schedule). Julie will definitely bring her decorating skills to her home, which is doubly evident by her Venus in the 4th house. She may promote her art through her home.

Julie will love her family and home, even if others can’t see it.

The Moon rules over the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Julie will try not to let those things pressure her and may remain positive and cheerful throughout the ordeals. However, inside she may feel more ups and downs. She will probably be more indecisive when menstruating or pregnant. She will need a very peaceful and pleasant environment to feel at ease during her womanly days.

Observe the Moon’s house and aspects, as well as ruling planet Venus’s sign, house, and aspects.

“Everyday after school now, Julie came home to an empty house…Three whole days of school had passed, and Julie had settled into a routine. A boring, lonely routine.”The Big Break: A Julie Classic 1

 

Moon in 10th house

With this placement, Julie will likely have a pretty good public image, but her sensitivity will make her very concerned about her public image and concerned with how she’s perceived. It’s also likely that her fame and image will fluctuate and change like the phases of the Moon.

Throughout life, she will have to learn that others’ opinions of her don’t matter all the time.

This placement is for women. The Moon is in the 10th house, showing that Julie is likely to be in a position of authority in her career. She could be in a very “woman-defined” career and may gain some temporary fame. Even if she’s not famous, she’s likely to have some influence over the masses in some way.

As a mother, just like her own mother, Julie will be a strong person. It’s likely she will be away from home a lot due to her career, just like her own mother. Julie isn’t likely to be a stay-at-home mom. She may deal with the public in some way, and so she might have a reputation to uphold. Julie could put her family in a high position in life, which would put all eyes on her and her family. Her parenting may come under scrutiny if she makes the wrong move. This will not only impact Julie but it could impact her children if she lets it.

Julie’s father likely played a more nurturing role in Julie’s life (acting as both dad and mom after the divorce). However, it’s likely he will want a nurturing figure around for Julie. Still, he might be “married” to his career, even if he does end up actually dating or marrying another woman. It’s likely other women may have problems with his attachment to his job. He might be away from home a lot too.

Julie will be rather attached to her father, so if he remarries, she might take it hard.

This position is very positive for an audience, especially for politicians. This placement is good for artists, like everything else in Julie’s chart. She could also get into the performing arts.

Overall, though, Moon is a changeable luminary. It can bring changes to Julie’s career constantly. Thus, her income and success will fluctuate. Even if she were to be stable, her position or activities may change within that same career. Her profession will be highly dependent on current trends or other influences from the public or masses. Even Julie’s own efforts might not feel like enough. Or at times, things may seem to fall in her lap effortlessly. In her case, working hard won’t always mean success or failure. The odds will not depend on how hard she works. This could be frustrating at times because it may seem no matter how hard she works, she still can’t reach any success. At the same time, sometimes she may feel she got success out of the blue without even trying. It will all depend on how receptive her audience is to her.

This position (like others in Julie’s chart) indicates that she might inherit a family business.

Julie herself may start a family business, possibly a restaurant chain, and pass it on to her family. Food and cooking could become a profession of Julie’s.

An occupation connected with women is likely. She may work with a lot of women or work for women. Women may be key in getting her opportunities and helping her build her career and career path.

Julie may go into a nurturing career path like nursing, childcare, hotel management, stewardess, and generally anything that involves offering services or taking care of others.

Julie will be emotionally connected with her work. When she’s successful, she will feel greatly attached to them and may hold them as fond memories. But she may take failures personally and may get her feelings hurt. Julie would have to watch letting her emotions affect her public image. While she may generally be a natural in front of a camera, she may wear her feelings on her sleeve in public, causing people to catch her in her worst emotional state. She has to learn the balance of separating her feelings from her business. Nursing hurt feelings at work may interfere with her doing her job.

Another issue she might have is making business decisions based off of intuition rather than logic. This may be the cause of her changeable success.

If she’s a boss, she might only hire people based on the vibes they give her or based on how well she knows the person, which could make the business environment like family but also political. Just because someone is familiar doesn’t mean they will be an effective worker.

Observe Moon’s sign and aspects to get the full picture.

 

Loose: Moon Square Jupiter

Julie will be relatively outgoing and popular her whole life, in high school and after she graduates. She is likely to attract many people, which can draw many suitors. Potential love interests might feel intimidated because of all of the people she draws to her, which can make relationships difficult. In the first place, commitment is a challenge for her. She might not necessarily cheat, but she may have a hard time calling herself a girlfriend or getting married. She might act as the “Runaway Bride”.

Her ups and downs in mood as well as a lack of self-control can cause Julie to have rocky relationships, too.

Julie will have a high public profile, so when Julie gets has her hard times, gets embarrassed, or falls from grace, it will be a hard crash to the bottom. Everyone will know about it.

She will have to learn to curb her extravagant nature. Julie may appear glamorous and confident, but need some moderation. She will have no need to keep up a glamorous appearance other than to make herself happy.

Charity work is highly possibly with this energy.

This energy can dampen all ambitious energies within this chart. It can cause irresponsibility. Julie could throw away all she’s worked for due to excessive behavior. She must tackle this energy to truly benefit from her hard work in the best way possible.

Observe Moon and Jupiter’s signs, houses, and other aspects to get a full picture.

 

House 11 Libra

The 11th house might reveal some of the clubs she might join in high school and college. These clubs may help her reach some of her goals in life.

Julie might involve herself in student council in high school or debate club. She might be involved with altruistic work. She might join a club for “beautiful” or fashionable people. She might join an art club. She might be associated with a group or clique that’s mannerable, poised, and tactful.

As Julie gets older, she might involve herself with political organizations, humanitarian organizations, fashion or beauty organizations, peace organizations, law organizations, or art organizations. Julie will want to join movements that promote equality and fairness. All of these organizations will align with some of her long-term goals.

As Libra rules relationships, Julie might marry or commit to a friend. If not, she might treat her best friend like a marriage partner (Ivy XD).

As Julie grows older, she will obviously be able to make new friends and acquaintances. Many of her acquaintances will be of a refined, pleasant, and artistic class. She might make friends with some lawyers (which could help her with any legal dispute she gets into in life). She might have some friends in the fashion and beauty industry, which could connect her with the latest trends.

Julie might have a side to her that’s drawn to the popular life (as we’ve seen over and over again in her chart). She may have somewhat of a desire to be apart of the in crowd. Actually, we saw this subtly in her story. She must be careful of phony or fake friends. Basically, friends who are only there for her superficially, but will leave her as soon as her social prestige drops. She should be careful not to hurt her real friends (Ivy, TJ, and Joy) in order to fit in.

At the same time, Julie may find her friends to be too passive to stand up for her and with her when she’s fighting for a cause she believes in.

As Julie grows older, she may have a more difficult time balancing her love life or marriage life with her friendships. As Julie grows older, she and her friends might all be on the same level as Julie. If not, Julie will still treat them like her equals. Even though Julie’s best friend is Ivy, it’s likely she won’t treat her better than TJ, Joy, and any other friends she meets on her life journey. At the same time, she will try to give each friend one on one attention, which can be taxing because she may have many friends.

There may be times when Julie is indifferent towards her friends, despite treating her friends equally. Generally, she may get to the point she doesn’t really care what her friends are doing with their lives. There may be a brief distance between them. Julie may have a moment when she appears stuck up or unconcerned with her old friends. Eventually, Julie will bounce back from this attitude.

It’s likely Julie, Ivy, and Joy may bond over fashion. They might be quite the fashionistas in high school and still fashionable as adults. It’s likely Ivy, Joy, or TJ will be a lawyer or in the beauty industry. Her friends may end up in high social positions themselves.

Observe ruling planet Venus’s sign, house, and aspects to get a fuller picture.

 

House 12 Scorpio

The 12 house deals with really deep, hidden, and unconscious matters.

As Julie gets older, she may deal with inmates, the severely sick, or those institutionalized. These experiences might transform her. She might become committed to healing and transforming the world. She will be heavily involved in charity work.

Julie may encounter some truly dangerous secret enemies.

Julie will have a secret and hidden magnetic and sexy energy. It’s likely others may see it, but she doesn’t. Or Julie might have a secret sex life no one knows about. These enemies might be attracted to this sexual energy within her. They may not do anything physically to her, but they may make crude jokes about her and those jokes might be of a sexual nature. They might seek to expose this sexual energy as a scandal. She may not know where they are coming from.

Julie might attract these secret enemies because of her extremist views. Julie will be quite radical in the way she approaches her beliefs.

Julie may suffer from insomnia or other sleep-related issues because of nightmares that deal with her dying or in danger. She might be paranoid.

As she grows older, she must master her paranoia and extremism so it doesn’t destroy her. She must also master her own sexual energies and take full control of who she sleeps around with. Fortunately, Julie has some strong committal energies. It’s likely she’ll only be sexy for her partner and no one else. Julie might hide her sexiness from the public in some way. It’s likely she will be more conservative or youthful in the way she dresses, hoping to hide her magnetism. People will still be able to see it and they may admire her for it. Hopefully, this doesn’t produce any secret feelings of jealousy from others.

Julie herself might hold secret feelings of jealousy and possessiveness. She should watch that she doesn’t unknowingly or passive-aggressively hurt her partner with these energies.

Julie might have a lot of secrets she hides from the public. Her career might involve hiding information or material. She might be more mysterious than others realize. Keeping her secrets hidden too well could lead to disaster. Owning her own weaknesses before anyone else does will keep her powerful.

Despite Julie’s past, she may have a difficult time opening up about it to everyone as she gets older. It still may affect her though.

 

Neptune in Scorpio

When Julie was growing up, people decided to escape the world, find harmony and bliss, and entertain themselves with music, sex, drugs, and risk-taking. Most of the pursuits of this Neptune is purely for self-gratification, so these people were disillusioned. Eventually, they saw how their addictions to drugs and sex led to overdoses and sexually transmitted diseases.

When Julie becomes a teenager in the 1980s and young adult in the 1990s, much of her generation will find escape and bliss through the edgy parts of society. They will attend underground parties, partake in sex uncontrollably, and indulge in drugs of all kinds. This generation will be more influenced to do so.

At the same time, sex and drugs may carry less taboo with this generation. It may be “purified” by this generation as natural and spiritual. On the other hand, there may be a total denial of physical and selfish gratification by some in the generation.

They will be the original “goth” generation, showing an interest in darkness and somber subjects and subcultures. They will be interested in spooky, paranormal, occult, and deep themes.

They should be careful of joining cults.

Perhaps the most obvious way you can see how this affects Julie and her generation is through their personal art. Anything they create will have a little edge to it. It doesn’t matter whether they’re inventing toys, music, movies, books, or paintings, it will show a sense of risk. They will always deal with the taboo and people may find their art to be taboo itself. It will feel X-rated to many people.

Julie herself may be drawn to that “bad girl” lifestyle at some time in her life, especially in her teens and early 20s. She should be careful not to pick up smoking and drinking, as that could harm her in the long run. She might still enjoy underground parties and she may get involved with counter-cultural groups. This may feel like a relief from her overall “perfect” image.

It’s likely Julie will dedicate herself to radical movements her whole life. She just may need to be careful that she doesn’t lose herself in these groups and that they don’t make her do things she might regret. They might be so extreme, they may feel like cults. Julie may be tricked into doing dangerous things for these groups. She should watch the sorority groups she joins in college.

Julie might be interested in the paranormal or occult. It’s likely she will study more about astrology and may believe in ghosts. She might just enjoy scary movies on the weekend.

As she becomes an adult, she will not hesitate to question the deeper meanings of the universe.

Observe Neptune’s house and aspects, as well as ruling planets Mars and Pluto’s signs, houses, and aspects.

 

Neptune in 12th house

This position could make Julie a great psychologist, whether she decides this as a career or not. Julie will become a compassionate person and listening ear to a lot of people. However, Julie might be so in tune with the sufferings in the world, she may withdraw from the world itself.

This placement shows that Julie may be a part of an institution, whether she’s working in one or apart of it. This work may cause some feelings of guilt at times. Julie may discover in life that she can’t help everyone, even when she wants to. She might blame herself for this. Julie must learn to separate herself from others’ woes or their woes will become hers.

Julie will definitely work with art. It’s super stressed in her chart. Her creativity is her asset. She can pick up on the latest trends and waves. She may find inspiration through her dreams. She might have an unconscious ability of hypnotizing people with her artwork.

Julie should be careful of addiction to substances of all kinds. It’s highly likely in her chart. Julie will also tire herself out because she will constantly be helping people and serving others. She must learn to put up her barriers and say “No!”

Julie wants to heal people and establish peace in the world. These are great goals, she just has to learn to recharge her own batteries sometimes.

If you want to learn more about natal charts, click me.

Websites that inspired this article:

The Astro Codex

Always Astrology

AstroFix

My Astrology Charts

Skyscript

Astrology King

Astroberry

Did you enjoy the article? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I hope to do some of the other American Girls one day, though there might end up being too many to keep up with in the future. Still, I would like to cover as many as I can. Thanks for reading!

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Bratz are Back Again! A 2018 Bratz Collectors’ Exclusive Review: Look One

8 Sep

Greetings GenNext readers!

I’m sure every Bratz fan knows by now that the 2018 Exclusive Collector Bratz dolls’ photos have been revealed on Twitter and Instagram. I planned on doing a review after we’ve seen everything from the collector line (because I get the feeling there’s going to be more leaks over the next couple of days). But I received a request to give my perspective on the new dolls, and some of ya’ll may want to know what I think thus far.

A lot of people have especially asked my opinion on the reactions from the veteran or OG fans versus the general doll community, as it seems they feel differently about the new dolls. There’s been a mixed reaction. Many of the old-time fans have been very critical of the new dolls, while the general doll community feels the dolls are better than what we’ve been seeing on toy shelves. Then, there are people who are fans of Hayden Williams’s illustrations who really wanted to see dolls from him.

So let me break down how I feel about each Bratz girl and then give my opinion of the overall line and the community situation. If you don’t like reading, watch my video below! Skip to the Bottom

Let’s talk about Sasha first.

Sasha

When I first saw Sasha’s full look on the artwork, I personally loved it, but I wondered or worried how the general fashion doll public would see it. The look is avant-garde for sure, and most people wouldn’t wear what Sasha’s wearing on a day-to-day basis. I wondered how the artwork would translate on the doll.

So far, it looks okay to me. I love outrageous fashion, as I’ve mentioned before in other videos and articles, and Sasha delivers it without being too gaudy. I don’t like the fit of the outfit, but it’s okay. I can deal with it.

Does she live up to her fashion passion? Yes! Far more than she did in 2015. Sasha is supposed to be into fashion that’s inspired from the streets-a little bit of old school and a little bit of new hip-hop. This outfit Sasha is sporting reflects a lot of what current hip-hop, Black pop, and R&B artists are sporting. I can see artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj wearing something like this. The jacket seems to be inspired from something Ariana Grande has worn.

Granted, it looks more like a stage outfit than something the average person would wear on a daily basis, but it’s fun. And Sasha isn’t your average character, so it suits her.

Sasha has also been characterized as “always being on the hunt for a new look”, so she’s into clothing that’s experimental and avant-garde. This outfit delivers that. She also likes it “flashy and classy”. Not sure if this is super classy, but it’s definitely flashy (without all of the colors).

Of course, it’s important for us to remember that we’re just looking at ONE outfit and a few accessories. Hayden mentioned on Twitter that there will be mix-and-match fun, so I actually look forward to whatever other surprises Hayden and MGA have with this comeback.

Okay, so let me break down Sasha’s look piece by piece.

Head

I’ve never been a fan of snapbacks advertised forward. I hated it in the artwork. I like the pulled-back look, even if people think it looks thuggish. But I like the snapback itself. It gives the entire look an urban flair that I love. It has real fabric and pleather. I love that accessory. I hope it goes with other outfits in the line. Sasha seems to have a bit of a sporty look with the snapback and jacket. I don’t know about how I like it on her head though…Or even with this outfit….

Sasha’s hair looks nice with the tiny braids. Of course, I was hoping for natural hair, cornrows, or micro-braids, but this will do. Long loose hair allows the hair to get styled in different ways. And, as an African American, I know people of other races get frustrated with our hair. Imagine being us trying to find different ways to style it everyday! I hear people complaining about the coarseness of American Girl’s Addy doll (different doll brand but still…), so I know some people just can’t get it. Still, I would’ve liked Sasha to sport some styles that are really popular in the Black community. Maybe I should be specific…Black American community…Honestly, Hayden Williams is from the U.K., so maybe the styles Black people sport there are a little different. I don’t know. Anyway…

I feel like we lost the elaborate Bratz hairstyles somewhere in 2005. It’s not bad, I just think the hairstyle set the whole outfit off. I know most people like the long silky hair because it allows people to style the hair the way they want to, but I would like some dolls to sport hair bobs, braids, etc. That’s just me. The hairstyles also give the girls individuality and add value to the photos.

Sasha’s face looks ways better than she did in 2015. Some Bratz fans don’t like that she looks straight ahead rather than giving the sassy “side-eye” Bratz are known to have from 2001 to 2009 screenings. Even 2010 dolls got the “side-eyes”.

I personally…do not care this time around because she looks sassier than the last dolls that stared straight ahead. Maybe some people will say I’m not a real fan. Honestly, I’m open to new screenings, new things period, as long as it looks sassy and not cute. I do agree she looks like the 2015 Bratz more, which I didn’t like, but I like that all the dolls do not have the same glances. I think that individualizes them.

Of course, like all the other fans, I was hoping for older screenings, too, particularly 2001 screenings. I can’t understand for the life of me why MGA won’t use them. But these are Hayden exclusives, so it’s fitting that the screenings feel like Hayden.

I do understand that the artwork may have mislead some fans. Sasha was looking to the side, so I understand that was what was expected. You’d be surprised how those little details in the art impact or influence fans.

I think the makeup is okay. It’s subtle. I was hoping for more of a smokey eye though because the artwork made it seem it would be darker on the eyelids. Still, I think it’s alright. I’m glad Hayden went with a brownish color for her lips.

I LOVE the earrings. The silvers are a nice combo. Simple yet sassy.

Overall, I think her face is okay. She’s pretty. Her eyes are staring right into me though.

Body

I love the top and jacket. The detail of the jacket is really good. Could it have been fluffier? Yes, but it’s still a cool item to have as a collector. I’ve never had a doll with this kind of jacket. I hope there’s a faux zipper on it.

I think Ariana Grande wore a similar jacket style in different colors.

I love Sasha’s top. It was the thing that made me really like the outfit. It’s dangerous. I like the fishnetting feel of it. I wish I could see the sleeves because I liked it in the artwork but I’m not sure how it translates on the doll.

I personally love the shorts-garter-pant-denim combination. It’s unique for any doll line. I was hoping the shorts would be pulled higher, basically giving it a high-waistline look as it appeared in the art. But I still think it’s okay. It looks like a gimmick though.

I wonder if the bottom of the pants can be detached. That would be cool. That would allow more mixing and matching, which would be fun. I love the denim fabric so much. I can’t wait to touch it.

I like the choker. That sets the whole look off if you ask me. I love the design.

The bag has that real fabric that I love. I love the accessories to tell you the truth.

Feet

I think the shoes are my least favorite thing about this look. I’m not a fan of the camouflage for this outfit. I was also hoping the heel would have a sharper curve and would be higher. They aren’t ugly, I just don’t like them for this look. They have a “granny heel”. They might go with another outfit of Sasha’s.

Overall, the doll is a lot better than what we got in 2015, and I feel Sasha’s is both stylish and identifiable. But I feel the execution could’ve been polished better. I actually feel this about all of the dolls. I already like them, but I think I would’ve been blown away if they had been executed differently.

What do I mean by that?

Well, a fan named @WhatCollectorsWant on instagram did some edits to make the dolls look closer to their art. I think he nailed them.

https://www.instagram.com/whatcollectorswant/

whatcollectorswant Sasha

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

Notice how those slight alterations make a world of a difference. I loved these edits so much, they made me more critical. At the same time, after viewing the edits it made me want the dolls more than I did! Sasha was definitely one of the dolls that had to grow on me.

In the edit, we see the smokey eye and darker lips that were in the art. Her face seems even edgier and sassier with the darker makeup. Yes, I still prefer a “side-eye” for her. The shorts have been lifted higher and curved at the bottom, giving the doll some sass. MGA’s version looks like it’s hanging off her. The shoes are curved at the bottom making the heel higher. This edit made me like the shoes (which I wasn’t feeling too much before).

The jacket is puffier, which makes it feel much more urban and less like it’s a school windbreaker that lost its stuffing.

Yasmin

Yasmin is naturally considered the most gorgeous doll to most people, so she could easily sell on her looks alone. However, I was most disappointed with the execution of her look. When I first saw the art, she was actually one of my favorites. But the execution wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped. She’s still a good doll. When I say disappointed, I’m not thinking on 2015 terms. I just can see it being done differently.

Does Yasmin live up to her fashion passion? Absolutely! So that’s not a problem of mine. In fact, it’s why I initially loved this look so much. Yasmin loves Bohemian styles in earth tone colors, with exotic prints and textures. She combines many different styles together into one look. She is also a little retro or “antique” in her approach.

This outfit has that Mary-Kate Olsen “homeless trash” bohemian look. I don’t know if any of you all are familiar with the Olsen twins, but one of the twins are known for that look. It’s “bohemian-bourgeois”. I really like that about Yasmin’s outfit. There’s some hint of retro in there as well.

Overall I like the concept, but I wish it could’ve been executed differently, particularly with one aspect of the look.

Head

The hat is my favorite part of the look to be honest. To me, it looks better than the artwork. I like that detail in the middle. I’m not sure, but is there lacing in the middle? I think it’s dope. I would wear it. I was hoping the buckle would be more to the left like it was in the art, but I don’t care about it that much. The hat is still awesome. I love flamboyant hats like this.

This is kind of a throwback to the Rock Angelz days, and honestly really a throwback to the 2K era when these newsboys caps were popular. Yasmin is into the retro thing, so it’s fitting.

I notice that everytime Bratz is promoted with hats, the fans hate it. Many fans didn’t like the Rock Angelz hats. I was mad when my dolls didn’t come with it. I hope these dolls still come with the hats. I know it’s hard for some fans to like hats because of the Bratz dolls’ balloon heads. But that makes me love them even more!

Yasmin’s hair is silky, long, and strong, as usual. It’s fluffy and full and seems to be of good quality.

The face has that side-glance everyone loves. It does make her sassy. I think this is why everyone loves the actual doll so much. But as for me…I think the makeup is too light. A lot of fans actually like the “pink lips”. I preferred the darker nude pink I thought she would sport. Darker lips would give Yasmin more edge, drama, and would go with her autumn-earth-tone nature. I was also hoping for a smokier eye.

The new face is sweeter and softer, so I know it resonates with fans who see Yasmin as a “princess”, and their idea of a princess is someone who is feminine and sensitive. And she is all of that, but it just doesn’t give me the vibe I thought it would.

I LOVE the earrings. It looks so amazing against her outfit and hair.

Body

The choker looks really good. Once again, the jewelry is really cool. I love that aspect.

The top looks like it has lace detailing on the torso, as was specified. I like this top  even though it wasn’t what I expected. I was waiting for more of a sweetheart shape to her neckline. I would like to see the top without the jacket to see if the other aspects are there.

I really like the jacket. It’s definitely that “trash boho” look. I like the detail and it looks like it will feel real. I like the lace on the sleeves. Some fans have said they don’t like it. I love that lace detailing. It reminds me of Prince. I would’ve liked there to be more brown in the jacket to make the skirt pop. But I’m not mad. Boho isn’t meant to really match.

Some people also said they hate the skirt. I like it. I like the suede style of it. My only complaint with it is I expected it to have a high-waist style (just like Sasha’s shorts). I expected it to be tucked tighter or pinned in around the waist like in the art. I still like it well-enough though. It doesn’t “wow” me, but it’s decent.

The bag is really cool. I love the texture and pattern. It looks like a computer bag, but that’s really fun to have in doll form.

Feet

The boots…Ya’ll I think Bratz’s foot game this comeback is a little weak to be honest. And it’s not really the style in all of the cases, it’s the execution.

With Yasmin, it’s a little of every problem for me. First off, they gave her the Dynamite Nevra treatment.

Basically, instead of making a whole boot, they took two parts and put them together to make it looks like a knee-length boot. Nevra got away with it because at least the bottom color matched the top color.

I know there’s an issue with Bratz and knee-high boots because of the snap-off feet. But I think it could still be executed differently. I think the fabric from the bottom could’ve been placed over the root of the foot and stretched higher. They wouldn’t have to make two parts to do that. Maybe it’s just not difficult in my mind?

I think the top half of the boot should at least look like the same fabric as the lower half…

Some fans thought it was going to be socks or short stockings and heels. I thought the boots were going to be of the same material as the hat. I would’ve liked it to be of a darker leather material. It seemed shiny somehow in the art. I wasn’t expecting velvet, but the velvet could’ve worked with a different execution.

Overall, I think Yasmin’s look is still very stylish, but the boots really throw the look off for me. I hope there are some other shoes in the set. I guess I can always take the top half off, but then I still feel like there’s something missing…The velvet magenta is completely out of place.

I liked What Collectors Want’s take on Yasmin. Still not a fan of the velvet magenta, but I liked his execution and wonder why they didn’t go for it at MGA. At least the velvet magenta sets off the trash boho look.

whatcollectorswant Yasmin

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The eyes are smokier in his version. The lips have that darker nude color. It gives her so much edge in comparison to the pink lips. The top has the sweetheart design I was expecting. The skirt is tucked in higher. Most importantly, the boot looks like it belongs together with itself. The bottom half is cut just right so it looks like at least most of the shoe is complete. I also like the lace detailing at the top of the boot, too.

 

Cloe

Overall, Cloe’s look is one of the most public-friendly of the Pack. I like the leather details in her look.

Does her look live up to Cloe’s fashion passion? Probably not as much as some of the others in my opinion. It definitely reflects her sweet and tough personality though. Cloe’s fashion passion includes animal prints and sparkly or shimmery fabrics. She loves anything dramatic. I don’t think this outfit is particularly dramatic. But it is in Cloe’s favorite color blue. Her boots are also in a “snakeskin” design, which says “animal print” to me.

Head

I love the leather hat. I love leather hats. I loved the star detail in the art and was hoping that would be included, but it doesn’t need that gimmick.

I love Cloe’s face the most. Oh my goodness! She looks gorgeous to me. I love the puckered red lips and smokey eyes. Definitely has that Bratitude.

I can’t really see her earrings clear enough. I hope she still has the pearls.

Her hair looks nice, fluffy, and full. Overall, her head is my favorite. It gives me a Ooh La La type of tease. The eyes aren’t quite as seductive, but it’s still near to that level.

Body

I find it interesting that they traded Cloe’s beaded necklace for the new one. I really like the new one, but I hope she still comes with the pearls. I think it gave her look a sweet touch.

The top of the outfit is not my favorite to be honest. I don’t like the collared thing, and pulled up…it looks worse to me. I hope it can be pulled down a little more to give it a true-blue off-shoulder look though. I love the detailed corset in the middle.

I think the skirt is nice and I like the little chain on it, but I was expecting shorts. When I saw the dolls’ group photo, I decided I like the skirt a lot. Still, I thought shorts would be really unique. It would feel like a one-piece jumper, which we haven’t seen with Bratz.

To me, it looked like it was meant to be shorts, but someone said Hayden intended it to be a skirt, so… I’m wondering what that shadow in the middle of the artwork’s skirt is because it makes it look like shorts.

I was expecting the bag to be much smaller. I thought it would be more like a clutch. But I like the big bag. The chain on the strap is just very cute. It’s better than the basic strap in the artwork. Wouldn’t it be cool if we got both purses? That would make this the ultimate mix-and-match line.

Feet

I’m okay with the snakeskin look. I feel it fits with this edgy look and I think it highlights Cloe’s interest in animal-print. However, I was expecting more of a plaid pattern. Someone told me on instagram it was always supposed to be snakeskin…I don’t see it. Honestly, I preferred the plaid one simply because I feel the heel should’ve been higher and actually thicker like in the art.

Though I like Cloe’s look, What Collectors Want also showed some edits that I feel are more true to the art and make Cloe’s look better in my opinion. I think the edits basically nailed it.

Cloe has the star on her hat. Her collar is shaved down to give her a true off-shoulder look. I like the unique shorts. The plaid boots make the outfit pop. I like the higher heel.

Jade

When I first saw Jade’s teaser artwork with just the pants, I had very low expectations. It turns out Jade is my favorite by far! The irony! Jade has always been one of my favorites. I love her style. Some Bratz fans have said they’ve seen a look like this on her before and that it’s nothing new, but that’s why I like it. It feels like Jade.

Does it live up to her fashion passion? DUH! Jade is always on the cutting edge of cool! Jade is into anything quirky and extreme. She can be a little sporty, too. She is inspired from the feline persuasion and has a “sizzlin’ flair”. This outfit just screams Jade from head to toe.

Head 

I love, love, LOVE the beret hat. It is so unique in the doll world. I like the look and it seems like it will feel good to the touch. It’s very artsy.

Her face is the closest to how I envisioned her. Still would like smokey eyes, but I like the lips well enough. Her lips could have been a tad bit darker.

The earrings are cute.

She’s back with the bangs. But are the bangs a little asymmetrical or is that the hat making it look that way? In any case, it’s Jade’s signature look done in a very stylish way. I like.

She’s giving me chills with that side-eye. I’m for it.

Body

I know we aren’t seeing too many accessories, but the other girls were shown with their necklaces. I hope Jade still comes with her choker because that will set this look truly on fire.

I like the top so, so, so much. I have to express myself in threes. So, so, so! Even though the tassels or tighteners or whatever weren’t in the original artwork, it should’ve been! I haven’t felt an outcome was better than the artwork in a long time.

Okay, there is one thing I don’t love. I can’t say for certain yet, but I hope the tighteners on the top aren’t print-ons and are real. Still, it looks good. I love the netted arm pieces.

Okay Jade! Over here looking like a snack!

The pants even look better than I thought they would. I actually like the fire print. This is actually what I expected of Sasha back in the 2002 Funk N’ Glow era. I didn’t expect fire, just actual print. I wasn’t disappointed in Funk N’ Glow, it just wasn’t what I expected.

 Bratz_Funk-N-Glow_Sasha_Doll

But back to Jade…

Jade’s purse is like a flame in Jade’s hand. So amazing! Of course, I liked the darker purse, too. Ugh! If only I could have both!

Feet

Okay, I felt all of the Bratz girls’ feet game were weak this time around. Jade’s is probably the best. Her shoes really go with her look. I still feel like it is weak in comparison to the chunkier look in the art. The shoes in the art really felt like BRATZ. It also gave Jade her signature cutting edge flair. Jade isn’t just any stylish diva, ya know? She’s got to be different. She’s got to be the Queen of Hot Topic, ya know? But the shoes aren’t the least bit ugly. They just feel conforming, so it’s less impressive than the chunkier heel. It seems they dumped some shoes on her from their back closet.

Overall, I feel Jade still has the strongest look of the girls. I can’t wait to get her and see whatever else she comes with. What Collectors Want did an edit of hers as well and again it was AMAZING! However, I can say both versions are really good. I prefer Hayden’s tighteners hanging down.

But I think What Collectors Want nailed the hugging of the jeans. The lips have a slight darker tint, making it super sassy. The hat isn’t as wide, which makes it look even more stylish instead of like a pankcake. The choker definitely sets the look off. But I think the accessories will still be included.

Those smokey eyes though! I just really like that in the edit.

 

Cameron

I’m really bitter-sweet about Cameron. First off, when I saw his complete look, I wasn’t all over him. It’s not the design. That’s the sweet part. I think it’s amazing for a boy doll! But the bitter part is it doesn’t feel like Cameron.

The boys never really had fashion passions like the girls, but Cameron always struck me as a casual and masculine guy, not full of flounce or flash. The jacket is super flashy for Cameron. What he’s wearing is something I would expect of pimp-daddy slick “The Fox” Dylan, not casual cool and hot “The Blaze” Cameron.

That’s another thing that I’m salty about. There’s no Dylan, our boy of color. I can’t get too excited about Cameron returning if it’s not both core boys returning. Having Cameron without Dylan is like releasing Bratz with just Cloe and Yasmin (which creates a Closmin problem). I hate that white boy Cameron with the blonde hair and blue eyes gets all the attention.

But I like him well enough to think he’s worth a purchase. He kind of looks like a Kpop star, only he’s white. I think he looks okay if I wasn’t thinking of Cameron. The hair is also…a no. The jacket is meh. I will also say this: MGA betta not forget Dylan again. I’m forgiving to a certain extent, but that extent isn’t limitless.

Head

I’m surprised Cameron didn’t come with some sort of hat. Maybe he will with the actual collection.

I don’t hate his hair as much as I thought I would. I like the platinum look. But I was expecting more of a curl on the side. Really, just not a fan overall of his hair.

I’m loving his face more than I expected. The eyebrows look far more like it matches a blonde. The artwork’s eyebrows were really dark. But the eyes are spaced out for sure.

I’m glad they kept his earring detail. Finally, the boys are getting more jewelry.

Body

I have one question about Cameron’s necklace: Did they switch his chain for Cloe’s pearls? Move over Cloe! Cameron is the new “Angel”? That’s what it looks like. I think that’s BOLD and everything, but I really liked the chain necklace. I’m hoping Cameron still comes with the chain necklace. It felt more like Cameron.

Cameron has been seen in plaid tops before. That seems to be his staple. What I like about this top is that it brings out his eyes. I would like to see it without the jacket though.

The jacket is flashy for Cameron, but still very detailed and has great quality. I like the furs. I think the jacket can work for any character, so it’s a gender-neutral product. I can see myself having fun with it. The jacket itself is a lot lighter than I thought it was going to be, but it doesn’t take away from it for me.

I like the jeans and the little chain on the side. It’s ok.

Feet

I think the shoes do. The shoes do their job.

What Collectors Want did an edit of Cameron, and honestly I like it better.

what collectors want cameron

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The hair has that unique curly thing going on. He has a darker jacket, which makes it look edgier. He has more of a dimpled chin and stronger cheekbones in the What Collectors Want version, which is similar to the style of the art. His buttons aren’t as huge and clownish. It looks more natural.

Cameron is just getting tanked by the Bratz community overall. There are some people who like him and what he represents, but he just looks gaudy and like a different Bratz boy.

Overall Review

Overall, I got some things I wanted from this comeback. I wanted dolls wearing real materials with high-quality hair (It looks high quality, but we shall see). I wanted the dolls to be more individual than they’ve been since 2005. I especially felt the dolls lost their individuality with lines like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz and Fashion Pixiez. I wanted the sassy Bratz look back and I wanted an edgier look. I got it.

Of course, I didn’t get everything I wanted. I really wanted 2001 screenings. I wanted more elaborate hairstyles, especially Sasha in African American hairstyles, and I was hoping the looks would be executed differently. But overall, I’m okay with them and will be buying the dolls to get a closer look.

To be honest, I’m simple to please and a sucker when it comes to buying things I’ve always loved (I even went out and supported some dolls from the 2015 era). Give me some personal vision, style, edge, and sass, and I’m sold. I don’t even care about screenings (as long as it looks sassier than 2015) or articulation. I like the outfits well enough and I think there’s more coming. Truly, I can’t give a complete review until I see everything. So far, I’m okay with them. But they didn’t blow me away like I thought they would. Though I feared whether Bratz could deliver from the jump…Read my article on that.

If I wasn’t a big fan of Bratz and hadn’t really seen better, these dolls would be some of the best dolls ever. But because I’ve been such a huge fan of the dolls and I’ve seen their entire collection and evolution, I am critical.

Are they worth the price? I don’t know. I have to see them up close. So far, I think they would work at 20.00 or 30.00 USD. 50 to 70 USD is asking for a lot. They look good, but not THAT remarkable.

Head Game: B

Body: B

Feet Game-D

OG Bratz Fans V.S. The General Doll Community On the 2018 Bratz

Now, let’s talk about the community situation. I received a request from someone to do my review on the 2018 Bratz dolls because it seems old-time fans and the general doll community disagree about the results of the new dolls. It seems veteran fans (O.G. fans like myself) have critiques and criticisms, while the general doll community feels these are the best dolls coming out in today’s struggling toy industry, considering fashion dolls are becoming covered up and watered down. The general doll community feels these new Bratz dolls look better than what’s out on toy shelves.

I’m kind of caught in the middle.

First off, on the one hand, as a veteran fan, I understand old-timers’ frustrations with the 2018 dolls.

I believe that the longer you’ve been with a franchise, the closer you feel to it, the pickier you’ll be, even when you’re being handed something the average person loves. When you’ve seen everything Bratz has offered, it’s harder to feel satisfied with these dolls, especially when you’ve seen better executions and don’t like change. Our expectations are much higher for sure.

It’s frustrating when you’ve been asking for the same things for almost 10 years and you’re not getting it. Bratz fans have been asking for older screenings since the Bratz dolls’ 2010 relaunch. We’ve been asking for them to pay attention to details, to stick to the artwork a little more, among other things. The fabric is of decent quality and it is rather stylish, but the execution wasn’t as expected, which takes away from it.

This is Bratz’s first comeback since 2015 and was said to be for the fans. Hayden Williams, who has been a fan since 2001, was expected to bring other fans everything they’ve been asking for, especially with those faces. Fans also wanted articulated bodies because so many dolls have them. It’s almost expected. I’ve personally always hated articulated bodies with Bratz, but I know that most of the other fans wanted them because it makes the dolls more photogenic. Basically, the OG fans were looking for a designer to balance fan expectations with their own visions. They were looking for a designer that took in fan feedback.

The other problem is the rumored price, which is a problem for a lot of people, but especially OG fans. The dolls are said to be so expensive and that makes people more critical. They not only expect to get their money’s worth but they have to weed out the dolls they really don’t want in favor of the one they do so they can at least have one doll. I personally understand why they gave it the price they did. Because of inflation and the fact that the materials used for these dolls cost more than they did 10 years ago, I get the price, even if I don’t think these dolls are worth it. But others don’t get it. They also don’t understand why it couldn’t have been executed closer to the artwork.

Veteran fans believe it was Hayden’s idea to not only market these dolls on Amazon but set the price so high. I believe one fan said Hayden asked fans where they feel the dolls should be sold.

The price may not be unusual for fans who usually spend hundreds of dollars on their collections, but for a first 2018 comeback line and for regular playline fans, the pricing is too high. This is especially the case with OG fans who really don’t like these dolls as much as older dolls, and want to spend this kind of money on rarer dolls they actually like.

Some OG fans don’t necessarily have an issue with the style but the execution. With that, I have to agree to an extent, particularly with the Bratz shoes this time around. It could’ve been done in a more polished fashion. In fact, many aspects of the dolls could’ve been executed differently.

Fans don’t like that the clothes deviate from the artwork. I’m frustrated about that, too.

But that’s been frustrating me since 2002’s Funk N’ Glow. As I mentioned before, I was hoping Sasha would have yellow print on her jeans in that line because that’s how it looked in the artwork. It always reminded me of some Pepe jeans I had back in the day. I don’t know if any of you all remember Pepe. I was a little disappointed the doll wasn’t like the artwork. So again, every detail hasn’t been executed flawlessly in the past either. Yet, some fans act like the dolls coming out of the old eras were superior. They were beautiful, but not flawless.

Then again, I would say that was one thing we were hoping would be fixed in 2018.

Here’s where I agree with the general public though. These dolls are some of the best to come out in a long time. You can’t find dolls of even this quality anymore. You can’t find dolls sporting designer styles, even if the designs aren’t to everyone’s liking. You can’t find the same individuality anymore. These dolls are still good dolls and I see tremendous play value in them. Unfortunately, it should’ve been a playline, but there’s still some play value no matter what label is there.

These dolls aren’t childish. They have style, vision, and substance. They’re like Project Runway dolls-they have the designers’ stamp on them. They’re fan-made dolls. I haven’t liked many of the Project Runway dolls and outfits that have come out with American Girl, Myscene, or Barbie and never felt they were worth the price. But that’s designer dolls for you.

Just to have that is exciting for me. I think the dolls have character, so I’m excited to see whatever else they come with.

Now, can I spill some tea for you? I have a feeling where the source of all of this Hayden hate is coming from. This is just my theory. I feel like Wendy Williams or LovelyTi right now. I feel like saying, “Honey!”

Apparently, a while back, Hayden Williams had been sharing either his designs or screenings with some fans in an online Bratz fan community. I believe he was apart of the community. A lot of old-time fans as well as MGA’s “worker” fans frequent this community.

Now, this community allows people to be a little shady, okay? So, while Hayden was showing his latest creations, one fan told him something along the lines of this, “You should just scrap the whole thing, to be honest”. Hayden clapped back with a “Jessica Price” statement. If you don’t know about her, she worked on the Guild Wars video game series. When a fan commented their disagreeance towards her (though the fan wasn’t as disrespectful as the Bratz fan), she tweeted “Allow me-a person who doesn’t work with you-to explain to you how to do your job”. Hayden didn’t say that exact thing, but he was saying something similar.

The fan and Hayden had an exchange back and forth afterwards. By the end of it all, the fan community was basically divided. There were many fans that supported this “rude” fans’ comments. A lot of fans agreed that Hayden’s dolls were not meeting their standards and they felt that Hayden was too arrogant to listen now that he was working for MGA. Some fans felt his response wasn’t professional. They felt he didn’t listen enough to fan criticism either.

But there were also some fans in the community who supported Hayden, felt the fan brought their concerns to Hayden in a rude way, and they felt this fan jumped to conclusions before even seeing the dolls.

I wasn’t there personally. As I’ve said on many occasions, I haven’t been an active part of a Bratz community since they had that Yahoo Group. I found out the tea from Askfms. I just recently joined the Bratz Collectors! community on facebook, and they seem more polite and friendly. Some of these other groups…All I can say is be careful out there. They can drain the fun.

Because I hadn’t been really paying attention to the Bratz fan community that Hayden was in, I jumped in many conversations, trying to be neutral and see the good in the Hayden dolls. But it seemed the nicer I tried to be towards Hayden and his dolls, the more aggressive people became. They weren’t having it. In my last article, I talked about how shady some of the people were in the fan community.

Now, I understand why they were being shady towards me. I was being too neutral or giving Hayden too much credit in their eyes. I was giving too many “excuses” or not allowing fans to express their criticism, which they felt had been the situation since the Hayden dolls were announced.

This is the point I want you guys to understand. A lot of the people criticizing Bratz aren’t necessarily against the dolls themselves but the designer. I know two people who said they wouldn’t buy this line because Hayden left a sour taste in their mouths. I was very shocked.

Basically, they let their interaction paint their bias against the dolls. Even if they did like the dolls, they wouldn’t want to admit it. Even if they did like the dolls, they don’t want to support someone they feel doesn’t listen to them. Some of them are out to try and flop these dolls. Some of them are going on social media websites and picking everything apart just so Hayden will realize that fans impact the success of the doll brand. I’m sure that one fan Hayden got into it with doesn’t want to buy these dolls.

Me? I don’t have beef with Hayden. Hayden responded to one article of mine to correct something and thanked me for complimenting his artwork because I’ve always loved his illustrations. I even like his recent Rugrats design. I appreciate Hayden’s efforts to try and get these dolls back to their glory. It’s not easy trying to please so many different people.

However, I think all workers at MGA have to understand when people are asked to spend so much money, they will expect to get their money’s worth. When you say something is for the fans, fans expect you to listen to them. This goes with anyone who works with the brand or any brand really.

On the other hand, I can say I understand why Hayden snapped the way he did, if he did at all. I’ve felt that some people in this particular fan community react in very shady ways. They have made subtle rude statements. It’s not so much what they say, but the way they say things, you know?

If they had said some things in more of a respectful tone, maybe Hayden would be reconsidering his ideas or trying to curb the designs to fit fans’ expectations. But with so much hostility, he probably got stubborn and went through with his vision.

At the same time, everything public figures do impact the business. Public figures are always going to encounter rude people, but you sometimes have to redirect the rudeness or take it and turn it into a positive.

I’m learning that, too. I have to be very careful how I treat or react to people, even rude people, because it can hurt my business. I’m still learning this. There’s an art to it that can be hard to figure out.

Hopefully Hayden can eventually make peace with fans and hopefully fans can be more understanding of Hayden. I hope the beef is squashed so people can go back to having fun within the community.

The dolls aren’t bad. They actually look like a lot of fun to me, but if we let petty squabbles blind us to the fun of doll collecting, if we get so caught up in the individual trees we miss the forest, we will miss the joys of doll collecting.

Some people might feel that these fans take a bunch of dolls way too seriously. I agree with that to a certain extent. However, I believe for a lot of “fans”, they have built a career in the doll industry and many fans are working with the Bratz dolls specifically. Once something becomes your profession or your passion, you start to take it seriously. I think the issue is when someone’s professionalism is challenged, so is their pride and livelihood. That makes a world of a difference. When you have such a passion for dolls it becomes your career, these dolls become more than just playthings. I think that’s what’s been going on in theBratz doll community.

The general doll community just collects dolls as a hobby and wouldn’t want to take dolls seriously.

Then, on the other hand, we have to consider there are fans of Hayden who will like anything he throws out there and may be against any little criticism thrown his way. I personally love his illustrations, but I felt the execution of these dolls could’ve been better. Fans of Hayden might feel these dolls are their taste or they might even think Hayden had no hand in the execution and don’t want people blaming him. Hayden said on Twitter that MGA gave him full control, so…

Many Hayden fans are/were not originally Bratz fans, especially not serious collectors. Again, in the average person’s mind, these dolls are very stylish and different. That’s actually a good thing when considering the success of this doll franchise. We might get some new fans. However, the OG fans of Bratz might feel left out of this comeback.

I think the overall consensus is that most fans feel these dolls are for Hayden fans not long-time Bratz fans. Hayden himself is a fan, but did he know about all of the complaints the inside Bratz community have been having over the years? Did he understand fans’ desires for 2018? Did he realize what fans expected? These are key things to know before jumping into designing or marketing Bratz to fans.

I do think Hayden got the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m happy a male of color received this opportunity. I just hope the details are polished by the time of release and I hope they come with other interesting pieces.

Well, that’s my spin on the 2018 Bratz Collector dolls SO FAR! Second outfits still haven’t been revealed. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the 2018 Bratz comeback! Who’s your favorite? What do you think about the community drama? Let me know!

 

A Bratz Fan’s Opinions on Tree Change Dolls

14 Aug

As requested by a listener, I am going to spill out my opinions on Tree Change dolls, a line of dolls known for deconstructing Bratz dolls so that the dolls look more like little girls. As a doll collector and a major Bratz fan, I have a mouthful to say about these dolls. So, just sit back, hear me out, and sip your tea…

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the Tree Change dolls!

For my readers, I’m sorry I’ve mostly been doing videos lately. BUT I haven’t neglected this blog. In fact, I have a HUGE, HUGE post coming up. I’ve been working on it for two years. So, don’t worry. Things will liven up on here soon.

#Bratz 2018: So, What Happened to the Bratz? Why Did They Go Away? Why Did They Change?

5 Aug

Watch my video spilling the tea about the Bratz dolls! Just a little history on them. I’m not trying to drag them too much because I love these dolls! This just seems like a frequently asked Bratz question and I wanted to answer it.

#Bratz 2018: The Ultimate Bratz Test-How Well Do You Think You Know the Bratz?

4 Aug

Inspired from my Bratz Quiz! If you haven’t taken it on this blog, do you think you can handle all 44 questions on this video with just 10 seconds to answer each question? Give it a shot and have fun!

And support the Bratz girls’ return by sharing #Bratz on social media and buying the Collectors’ Dolls released this fall!

Keep up with sneak peeks at:

https://www.instagram.com/officialbratz/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/hayden_williams/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/Soragennext/

#Bratz 2018: What I Want to See Back and What I Don’t

8 Jul

Yasmin snapped! Let’s hope the doll is as beautiful as the art…

 

Greetings GenNext readers!

I am excited that Bratz are coming back this Fall! WOO! It’s really happening. We’ve been getting a few teasers on instagram that confirm it’s really happening. And of course, I have a few surprises up my sleeve to support the Bratz dolls’ return!

Ever since I started that 2018 article regarding Isaac Larian announcing the Bratz dolls’ return, I’ve been really thinking about the Bratz dolls’ career over the last 17 years. I’ve been reviewing pictures, my dolls, Bratz music, and even press interviews and such, just walking down memory lane. There was a lot about Bratz that just blew me away within that time!

I believe I’ve told people on my Bratz Quiz (How Well Do You Know the Bratz?) article a few years back that I’ve been into the Bratz since the website was under construction late 2000, early 2001-ish. So, I’ve seen a lot come out of the Bratz. I was among those in the target demographic back during the Bratz’s debut, and I’m so glad that I was able to support Bratz for so many years.

There’s a lot that I really loved about Bratz, and of course, I want to see it come back in 2018. So far, I’ve mostly heard good news (like Hayden Williams, a fan favorite designer and illustrator, at least designed one of the Bratz’s lines).

Hayden Williams illustrations

Isn’t Hayden Williams amazing? I can’t wait!

Still, there were a lot of things that bothered me, too.

While there’s a lot of things in more recent years that disappointed me (Bratz 2015 to be exact), there were some things during Bratz 2k that I don’t want to see anymore, either. That’s right. You read right. Let me repeat. There were some things that occurred from 2001 to 2009 that I don’t want to see AGAIN.

Let me break down my “Dos” and “Don’ts” for the Bratz 2018. Many of you might not agree with them, but I’m still going to say it.

If you don’t like reading, skip down and listen to my videos: Skip

I told ya’ll in my last article why I didn’t want to do an article on Bratz too soon. I don’t want to come across negative. XD

DOs

 

Passion for Fashion

Okay, we all know the Bratz girls were developed with other interests. But let’s be real, we love the Bratz because they have a passion for fashion! The dolls showcased bold and fashion-forward style and that’s what I want to see return.

I don’t care what the radical feminists and soccer moms say about them wearing too much makeup. I say BRING IT! I don’t care if they slut-shame them. I say BRING IT!

Though we know designer Hayden Williams is going to deliver that “Passion for Fashion” for an exclusive line, we don’t know how the other Bratz lines are going to turn out.

What I hope to see is Bratz’s urban 2001 sass and design combined with their avant-garde punk attitude. There can’t be one without the other. Bratz should bring a little bit of both.

Four Core Girls and Two Core Boys

I understand why people made a stink about MGA adding Raya as the “fifth core girl” in 2015. After all, it was the original four that made the Bratz brand. Raya was also another blonde character, uninteresting, and just not necessary.

Still, I find it ironic that the same people that hated Raya being added as a core girl keep asking for Meygan and Dana to come back along with the core four. So why even be mad about Raya when Raya was not the first character to be the “fifth” core girl? MGA has been adding “fifth” core girls since Meygan was released in 2002 and Dana released in 2003.

For me, I wasn’t having it then, and I’m not having it now. Stick to the core four. There’s just enough dolls to express solid fashion passion. Too many characters drown out the individuality.

It’s okay to add these girls in there sometimes, but overall, the core girls (and boys) should be the main focus. And they should be in almost EVERY line. The CORE characters should not be replaced by other dolls (which in Raya’s case, at least she wasn’t a replacement, like Meygan and Dana have been in many of the Bratz lines).

I also want to see Dylan return. While it was cute that MGA announced CAMERON on instagram, where’s Dylan? He was one of the few boys of color in the Bratz Boyz line. He NEEDS to come back. They better not think of having a comeback without Dylan.

All the other side characters should be an afterthought.

Bratz Music

You can say what you want about anything else regarding the Bratz dolls, but you can’t deny their albums were filled with BOPS.

I was just going back through their music the other day. From Rock Angelz to Forever Diamondz, they had some cuts. I’m not ashamed. I dance to their music at home, in the car, on the street. I’m ready for it.

This is the one thing they didn’t mess up in 2015. Skylar Stecker did a pretty good job with the theme song “What’s Up?”

Still, I hope they can get Universal back on board for the project. The music sounded polished. All they need are some decent songwriters, and we’re good to go.

A Good TV/Netflix series

Whether it’s live action (like what MGA’s Project MC2 has), Stop Motion (like what they had in Japan in ’03, not Stoopid Studios’s garbage), or CGI animation like what the Bratz had before from 2005-2008, it should be well-written, engaging, and should promote the Bratz characters’ individual charms and styles (unlike the TV series, some of the movies, and the live action movie back in the day, which I’ll talk about later…).

I have a good script going actually, if anybody is interested in picking it up. It’s juicy, and follows the Bratz’s “actual” life. Basically, it’s focused on the “real” story behind the Bratz dolls’ life and career. I aim to make it sophisticated enough for the target demographic (which should be 10 to 14, as it was once before), and fun enough for everyone.

But even if no one is biting for my TV/Netflix script, I really think a future series that highlights all of the characters’ strengths and weaknesses, focuses on things real tweens and teens experience, and has a little drama and adventure would be nice.

Jade’s Original Personality

This is the only thing the 2015 Bratz stop-motion series got right. They brought back Jade’s “extreme” personality traits. In 2001, Bratz dolls weren’t extremely developed back then. We learned a little about them from their profiles about their fashion sense and from the main website, where fans could get a glimpse inside the Bratz girls’ rooms.

Many Bratz fans who got into the fandom in 2002 and beyond didn’t know about the Bratz rooms set up on the main website because the website was changed as soon as Meygan was released. In Jade’s room, she had a skateboard and green alien. This was a sign that Jade was supposed to be a sporty character. You can even look at the 1st Edition Bratz and gather that she’s pretty sporty.

For some reason, those personality traits were given to Cloe in the movie and TV show adaptations. To me, it just didn’t fit Cloe’s “ethereal and angelic” image. Those qualities were clearly meant for Jade. However, because Jade’s personality was considered more empowering, maybe writers thought it would be better to give the BLONDE girl those traits (instead of Cloe’s “head always being in the clouds”, which would’ve made her fit stereotypes).

Or those involved with writing for the Bratz didn’t do enough research.

Though I’m glad Jade maintained her edgy fashion sense in the movies and TV show,  and I like that she had that “geek chic” thing going on in some of these adaptations, I don’t feel that any of the writers, producers, and directors really knew about Jade’s characterization throughout her entire doll career. I really liked that she was developed as both smart and sporty. Why can’t she be both?

I’m hoping that MGA returns Jade back to her original self.

Bratz Video Games

I loved the Bratz video games for the Playstation 2 and I hope there are games released on the PS4 and Xbox One. Those games were entertaining for me. I also think it helped more girls get into video games. This time, though, I hope the UnReal Engine is used for future games. It would be awesome!

Make the Characters SINGLE Again

Cloe and Cameron are cute and everything, but their relationship kind of made playtime limited. Kids couldn’t put the characters they wanted together. People couldn’t take photos of Cameron with Yasmin, Cloe with Eitan, or Cloe with Yasmin and post them online without someone saying, “No, their boo is ___.” I think “shipping” should be open.

I also really liked the line Secret Date. Unfortunately, with Cameron being so heavily shipped with Cloe, lines like that are impossible now.

Still, I would like the Bratz to be single, available, and just dating and having fun in their Teen or young adult lives. I hope it returns.

It should be open so people can see any Bratz character with any Bratz Girl or Boy they want to see them with. I mean, you can do that already without regard to the adaptations, but the “fixed” coupling would make it harder to post pictures with your favorite couple without people making comments about who should be together.

Movies Like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz, Bratz Genie Magic, and Bratz Fashion Pixiez

Even though these movies weren’t realistic, they were fun. There was a spirit of adventure and magic that made them fun to watch. I especially liked the suspense and mystery in Passion for Fashion Diamondz, even if the ending was a bit predictable. Movies like this also made the lines themselves more appealing.

These movies also included the soundtrack songs in them.

I still do think that adaptations should be a little more realistic and should focus more on trials real teens are going through, but I would also like more adventurous movies. With a movie, you have to entertain an audience for an hour or two.  You might as well make it fun.

Boyz Lines

I hope to see more lines just for the Boys. I do believe that Bratz should mostly focus on the girl dolls and should focus on building female bonds. BUT I also liked that the boys weren’t just “boyfriends” to the main characters. They had their own “passion for fashion” thing going on. It made them seem more individual and less like “Ken dolls”.

It seems Cameron is the only doll that has been re-released since 2015, and he really got the “Ken” treatment back during the 2015 revamp (being only released in the Funk N Glow line as Cloe’s boyfriend). I mean, I’m not whining because at least he’s back. Still, I would like to see the boys break out a little and be a little different from the other boy dolls out here.

Good Hair

Back in the day, the first Bratz dolls had really good strong hair. They had quality hair. It made their hair shine and it made hairstyles look so polished on the dolls. It could also get wet without problems.

But after awhile, it seemed like they started putting cheaper hair on the dolls. I really do hope they bring back that good hair.

I also hope Sasha starts wearing her hair more natural, kind of like how she wore her hair in Style It and Dance Crewz but possibly more natural than even those styles.

I would also like to see some real hairstyles return. Around 2005 and 2006, it seemed like the hair styles got more and more flat. When the Bratz were first released, their hairstyles were diverse and unique. Later, they all just had their hair straightened with some color.

I hope the amazing hair returns. I’m not saying it’s mandatory, as I would just like the diverse fashion, especially because the hair will probably come down anyway. But I really liked it as a collector. The hair was inspiring.

 

 

 

DON’Ts

 

Closmins

If ya’ll thought the Tweevils got on your nerves on the Bratz TV series, the Closmins irked me more. Since 2003, we started seeing how blonde white Cloe and racially ambiguous Yasmin (though in reality, we all know she was meant to be Iranian but whateva, they used the “Hispanic” thing to get her to sell better) started getting all the love. And I know these two are a lot of your faves, so you may not like what I’m about to say.

But the rest of us Sasha and Jade fans were incensed. How dare they kick out the real dolls of color?

That isolation grew and grew until we hardly saw Sasha and Jade in major lines.

Don’t believe me? How about I bust out a list:

  • (2003) Big Bratz (Limited Collectors’ Edition)-Cloe, Yasmin, Meygen (where’s Sasha and Jade?)
  • (2004) Wild Life Safari – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan, Nevra, Fianna (Don’t let that TV series fool you. Jade and Sasha would’ve OWNED this line. Screw Nevra and Fianna. They look alike anyway!)
  • (2005) Birthday Bash– Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Phoebe (No Jade)
  • (2005) Campfire – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Felicia (I love Felicia and everything, but why couldn’t we have two black dolls in one line? Ya’ll don’t care to add Nevra and Fianna in the same freakin’ lines, and they look more alike)
  • (2005) Dynamite – Cloe, Meygan, Nevra (We don’t even have Yasmin in this line. Cloe is the only one in the line from the core Bratz. You trying to give us a “Barbie” type of tease?)
  • (2005) Fabulous Las Vegas – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Tiana (Jade? Jade? Where are you?)
  • (2005) Hollywood Style – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Katia (Wow, no Black girls belong here, huh? No Black girls in Hollywood?)
  • (2005) I-Candy – Cloe, Yasmin, Phoebe (More Closmins)
  • (2005) Midnight Dance – Yasmin, Meygan, Fianna (Yas is the only girl from the core here)
  • (2005) Ooh La La Paris – Cloe, Dana, Kumi (More Cloe)
  • (2005) Play Sportz – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Meygan, Fianna, Roxxi (Where’s Jade again?)
  • (2005) Wild Wild West – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan (with horse), Fianna, Kiana (Closmins)
  • (2005) Pretty N’ Punk – Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, Meygan (See the Bratz Rock Angelz movie gave you the illusion that Sasha was involved. Nope. So what, MGA? Sasha can’t be punk? A Black girl can’t be punk?)

2004 and 2005 were Bratz’s biggest years, and yet Sasha and Jade didn’t get to enjoy the limelight. One can argue that maybe the years were bigger because Jade and Sasha weren’t in the lines, but based on online polls, at least Jade was considered the second most popular Bratz doll. Why was she omitted from all of these doll lines?

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This isn’t even adding the fact that Cloe dominated all the solo “special editions” and the fact that only Yasmin and Cloe got outfits from the live action movie made for the dolls! So Cloe and Yasmin were the only ones meant to have that Bratitude?

Sasha and Jade only showed up for the “flagship” lines, the ones that were being highlighted in movies. They showed up just to confuse us. But they weren’t fooling petty fans like me. I didn’t miss a heartbeat.

And it wasn’t cute. If you are going to bring back the Bratz, don’t cater to the colorist side of the Bratz fandom. Please allow people to enjoy Sasha and Jade’s individual colors and unique physical traits. If Sasha isn’t outselling the other girls, give Sasha bomb outfits you can’t find on Yasmin or Cloe. Make her appealing. But don’t take her out completely because she isn’t white or “mixed” enough. That’s not 2018-ready.

And I know you think Jade can just be replaced by any brunette that looks similar, but you’re absolutely wrong. We need more Asian representation in media and entertainment. It’s bad enough they get “white-washed” out as it is. Bratz is supposed to be a line celebrating diversity. Show us you aren’t like Barbie by doing that.

If I see it again, MGA, you and I are going to have a nasty exchange. Well, not too much of a nasty exchange because I do love MGA, but I will have some words.

The Closmins reveal the fact that these “fifth core girls” did nothing but divide up the main four core girls. This is why I don’t want anymore core girls. These other characters should either be an extension of the four core or not in the line at all.

Bratz TV Series

I know what you 2005 Bratz fans are thinking: “WHAT? I LOVED the series! It’s what brought me into the Bratz! And I ship Cloe and Cameron and want to see what happened next!”

That’s where I clash with the fandom. That’s why I’m scared. Most of the fans want to see this series actually return.

Most of the people who fell in love with the Bratz through the Bratz series were probably way younger than me when that series came out. A lot of people say “The series was my childhood”. By the time that series came out, I was a teen fan of Bratz and a collector rather than player. Maybe I was too old to be into Bratz in some people’s eyes, but I still loved the dolls and wasn’t ashamed.

While I loved that the animation sort of brought the dolls to life and promoted the brand, there were a lot of things about that series that bothered me, and it wasn’t just the plot holes, lack of wardrobe changes, and corny script. In fact, that’s what I actually liked about it. All of those things gave it a cartoon-y charm.

The bad part, to me, is that I believe the series is the reason we even got the CLOSMINS in the first place.

The first thing I hated about that series when it first began is that it took the Bratz Rock Angelz model (yes, I hated that movie, too) and made Cloe the narrator and lead character. Mind you, Bratz was originally a line meant to differ from Barbie, where the blonde chick got most of the shine.

Yasmin was the first Bratz doll and the original darling of the brand. So why Cloe?

Fox Entertainment, the distributor of the series, put more emphasis on ditzy and dramatic Cloe, giving her a beautiful steady love interest and an empowering personality (a personality stolen from Jade to make her more appealing, by the way), and less emphasis on the viewpoints of the other characters.

Though Yasmin was dethroned as the lead, she did get the best treatment in the series, being designed as this sweet and loving animal lover. The change didn’t really hurt her popularity.

What did Sasha get written as? A loud-mouthed, selfish control freak who wasn’t attractive to anybody but herself. I believe Sasha’s character in the series is why she was always voted as the least popular Bratz among the core in polls back in the day (and this is aside from the fact that people already have a negative opinion about dark skin, especially overseas).

And Jade just got all the leftover personality traits.

In fact, they completely changed Jade’s character. It’s not really the series’ fault. I blame Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. Still, they took from that movie, which made me dislike the series even more.

I do not EVER want to see a Bratz series like this again. You all can come at me for it. I’m ready.

If it does return, I hope the wrinkles are ironed out.

Bratz Movies like Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin, Bratz Rock Angelz, and Bratz the Movie

I didn’t hate these movies overall, but there were some things that bothered me. The reasons I dislike these Bratz movies are the same reasons I disliked the Bratz TV series.

First of all, I did not like some things in Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. I know many people didn’t like the movie overall. At the time of release, some people felt the animation was outdated and cheap-looking. For me, I actually liked the animation because it reminded me of the commercials. I truly like 2-D animation. I liked the story-telling, too. I think it was more realistic than the other movies.

What I hated about it was how the characters were written. This was the beginning of the destruction of the Bratz characters in my opinion. When the Bratz dolls were first released in 2001, they weren’t developed with any particular personality traits, just “fashion passions”. These “fashion passions” sort of highlighted their personalities, but not directly. So, anyone could kind of make-up their own personalities for the characters. However, there were other signs about the characters’ personalities on the main website, which apparently many Bratz fans (and these writers and developers) never visited. If you looked in their bedrooms, you could see their different interests. I wish I could show you all, but you can’t even get into this website now, not even on Wayback Machine.

Okay, I admit, I was one of the main people begging MGA to make a movie for the Bratz characters to flesh out their personalities. Stupid me.

Starrin and Stylin and the book series that inspired the movie didn’t consider the website. I personally was looking forward to a sporty and edgy Jade with a passion for fashion. Basically, a non-typical fashion girl. That’s not what Starrin and Stylin gave me. In fact, her whole sporty appeal was wiped from existence.

What’s more? Sasha was given the worst personality in the group. She was characterized as a “control freak”.

Bratz Rock Angelz bit off a little bit from the original movie. They brought back the relationship between Cloe and Cameron (only they made them childhood friends, when technically Yasmin and Cameron were, but we’ll talk…). Sasha was still a control freak, and now was also selfish and pushy. They brought back Jade’s “ultimate fashionista” persona, which I already didn’t like.

But what really killed me is that Bratz Rock Angelz COMPLETELY SWAPPED Jade and Cloe’s lives. And when I say literally, they even switched their OUTFITS. You know why this angered me? Because Jade’s outfit was actually one of the best sold in the line. It appealed the most to punky tomboys like myself. It gave Asian persuasion Jade an image that could help her become more popular.

What did Fox Entertainment go and do? They gave it to CLOE. And it was weird. It looked like Jade was talking with Cloe’s voice.

Yes, I’m a petty fan. I do not like when adaptations deviate from the source material. I hate this because everything that I like about something can be altered in-brand because of these adaptations. It overall affected the brand.

The worst part is the Rock Angelz movie is actually popular among the fans. Ugh.

To add insult to injury, Bratz Rock Angelz took away the emphasis on Yasmin, the original lead character, and decided they would tell the story through the eyes of the BLONDE. Why did I ever think Bratz could be different from Barbie when Fox pulls this crap with the Bratz?

Bratz Rock Angelz eventually spun into that wack-attack TV series that highlighted all of the negative changes.

Why did I even watch it? The Bratz Rock Angelz album was released before the movie. After that amazing album, I thought the movie would touch on all the subjects covered in the music, which actually would’ve made a compelling story. Not only did the movie completely miss everything in the album, only ONE song from the album was present in the movie.

And if those movies weren’t bad enough at jacking the Bratz up, here comes Bratz the Movie, the Raspberry-award winning live action based off of the dolls. While I loved most of the actors in the film, the film was obviously designed to capitalize off of the High School Musical craze. We’ve got a Sharpay look-alike, plenty of musical numbers, and friends torn apart because they belong to the wrong clique.

But the worst part about the movie is the white-washing of DYLAN. Dylan was clearly meant to be BLACK (at least bi-racial). This Bratz Boy has come with braids and dreads in his hair! He has been released with dark brown skin at many times. Even former characterizations of him, such as in the first Bratz movie, highlighted him as BLACK.

What did the live action movie do? They cast a white boy for his role. I took issue with that.

Overall, MGA would do us all a favor if they avoided white-washing the Bratz brand to appeal to colorist fans (and you know who you are).

2015

Don’t do this again. Don’t. Do. It. Again.

There is no room for goo-eyed, tacky, uninspired, and sweet-faced Bratz dolls. Not now, not EVER.

Lawsuits

We all know that once the Bratz dolls come back, there will be a lot of copy-cats. We know all the doll companies want to create dolls that make a statement like the Bratz did. We need to just accept that there will always be imitations.

What we don’t need are more lawsuits coming from MGA. Really, because of all of those lawsuits from 2004 to 2009, MGA wasn’t able to really focus on the Bratz, and that affected the dolls. It affected the quality of the brand and Bratz were almost legally removed from shelves because of those lawsuits.

We need to leave the confrontational attitude back in 2k. Moving forward, we need to focus on making this brand the best it can be. I really don’t want another issue to rise up where we’re losing some of our MGA team because they all work hard to make their dolls successful.

Painted On Clothing

I forgot to mention this. We need to leave the painted-on leggings and stockings back in 2k. Looking at Bratz lines like I-Candy, Ooh La La Paris, and Star Stylez, I don’t like that someone decided it would be cute to paint on clothing instead of actually taking the time to design mix-and-match fashions!

I understand it’s cheaper than actually producing high-quality materials. I understand that it’s easier for kids because it’s harder to lose something that’s painted on and harder to swallow as well. There was also probably an issue with resources to fun some of these high quality items.

In all fairness, they probably wanted I-Candy girls to have stockings, but real fabric stockings with painted on shoes would’ve looked odd. So, I understand.

But it really also made mixing and matching outfits challenging. I mean, you could mix-and-match all you want, but there would be some awkward leg coloring peeking out.

If you’ve got an I-Candy Bratz doll, you know that these dolls would look awkward wearing any other outfits besides the ones they have on. Maybe that was the purpose, so that people would see the distinction in this line, but it’s just not fun.

Recycled Clothing from Sister Brands

This was a big problem for me. When Bratz Party Cloe was released, it was easy to tell that she was wearing leggings recycled from the Moxie Teenz line. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but they looked awfully similar…

It was almost like Bratz got whatever was left over from the  Moxie Teenz collection. I mean, MGA admitted in 2010 they rushed to bring the dolls back to shelves, so I guess they just put whatever they could find on these dolls. Still, I hope we’re not ever in that situation again.

I just hope that Bratz isn’t going to be “borrowing” from their sister brands this time around. Don’t get me wrong. I do like Project MC2 well enough, but I just feel the Bratz need to be distinct from them. Those girls are cute and everything, but just not the Bratz. If I can find the same outfits on a Bratz doll that I can find on the Project MC2 dolls, why buy the Bratz, ya know?

 

So that’s my list of Do’s and Don’ts. What are some things you Bratz fans want to see return? Do you agree with my list or not? Leave me a comment and we can get the discussion rolling!


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MGA’s CEO, Isaac Larian, Said, “Bratz Are Coming Back the Fall of 2018!” Can the Bratz Deliver This Time?

30 Jun

 

 

Greeting Readers! This is Gen Next!

I know I haven’t talked about the Bratz in eons. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with my Girls with a Passion for Fashion!

In fact, I have been hard at work preparing for their return. I intend to have a strong hand in the comeback this year. Why? Because I see that the Bratz dolls still have the potential to make their mark on the toy industry. I’ve got quite a few things in mind.

Three months ago, I sent MGA’s inventor team a 13-page proposal stating all of the things I feel the Bratz brand needs. That may have been overly-ambitious, and possibly overstepping my boundaries, but I feel better now that I’ve said what I wanted to say.

So, I’ve been busy with Bratz, don’t you worry.

I’ve had some readers ask me if I’ve heard about the Bratz’s comeback in 2018, and I have.

Why have I been silent? Two reasons: 1) I wanted to wait to do a major article on the brand when the comeback officially releases. 2) I didn’t want to repeat rumors and over-hype the brand just to let myself and others down. 3) I have several concerns regarding the comeback, and I didn’t want my negativity to rub off on the hopefuls.

As for number 2, I have this tendency to get super excited about a brand, to place all of my ideas out there, and I try to get others on-board, too. In the end, my expectations soar way too high. In 2015, I was really let-down by the Bratz dolls.

Read my article: Bratz Are Back Again in 2015: What Happened to the Bratz?

Honestly, I wasn’t sure the Bratz truly WERE going to come back this year. Companies often say one thing, it doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. Delays happen, too. The toy industry has been suffering. Even Toys R ‘Us took a hit. I wasn’t sure if Mr. Larian could make this happen and I didn’t want to recklessly post my thoughts on it too quickly.

What changed my mind now? Well, I’m starting to see some extremely promising little updates happening.

We all should know by now that Isaac Larian has been hinting at the Bratz comeback since last year. He basically said “Bratz are scheduled to release this fall”.

The fall quarter is basically around the corner now.

We’ve also got some teaser Instagram posts lately:

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With all of this, I have every reason to be excited… but concerned, too.

I’m excited because it’s time for a doll brand like Bratz to come back to shelves. I’ve been through toy shelves recently to find inspiration, and diversity is seriously lacking. Even Disney’s dolls and brands are so white-washed.

Dolls are so….boring nowadays, too. They don’t have flash. Most come with cheap clothes, one outfit, and no accessories. Everyone is afraid of makeup. They are so busy trying to appeal to feminist social agendas, they fail to actually interest anyone.

The last time Larian said the Bratz were “coming back better than ever”, we got 2015 Bratz, the goo-goo eyed dolls with a sweet touch.

One of my concerns deals with retailers. Since Bratz’s debut, retailers have had so much control, they managed to alter many of the Bratz dolls’ older lines. Carter Bryant, the original designer of the Bratz dolls, mentioned that retailers’ opinions, especially the Market buyers at Walmart, are what led to the alterations of Bratz Fashion Pixiez (and I’m certain other lines as well). They couldn’t handle Bratz being so edgy, sassy, and fierce.

Now, retail chains are suffering. With the closing of Toys R’ Us, and the power of Walmart and Amazon, what will be sold has completely gone into the hands of these major retail giants. Without their approval, Bratz can’t return to the shelves. Does that mean Bratz may have to sacrifice some original ideas in order to be marketable to these giants? And can Mr. Larian sell the Bratz to these “family-friendly” retailers?

I did offer a different suggestion in my 13-page proposal, but I’m not sure they will really consider these ideas, and I’m not expecting them to. I’ve offered different ideas before the release of the last “re-launch” in 2015. None of those ideas were used, though all of my ideas were given a “thumbs up” when I posted them on Facebook. I have no doubt they tried to implement my ideas, but if retailers didn’t like it…Well, that’s that.

Talking to Carter Bryant back in 2015 has given me a lot of insight and has taught me one thing about the doll industry and creative property in general: You can create what you want, it doesn’t mean you have power over what you create.

Carter Bryant has helped me realize how powerful retailers are in the posts he made on my blog:

Carter Bryant has shown us that Walmart buyer Lori was responsible for a lot of the edgiest lines being dumbed down significantly. Walmart is one of the leading supermarket chains in the USA. Their buyers decide what gets sold on their shelves. They buy the product, sell it at their stores, and get a percentage of the profits.

She’s an older lady, and to me, she seems to favor Barbie. I mean, it’s not unexpected. She probably grew up with Barbie. Bratz probably rattled her cage. I’m not sure if she is still a toy merchant with Walmart, but whoever is will decide what happens with Bratz, and if she is still the primary girls’ toy merchant, we are in trouble.

So, despite the fact that Isaac Larian wants to bring out a doll line that’s “like no other”, would he really have the power to do it? I do have one solution to this problem, but will Bratz’s marketing team consider my idea a good one? Will that idea be enough?

Then, there’s the issue with the generation itself. Do girls even play with dolls anymore? Would they even BUY the dolls? Girls today have shown some interest in toys, but far more interest in technology. Children are more sophisticated than they were 10 years ago, and more girls reject traditional femininity than they used to ten years ago. Will they see Bratz as an outdated brand? Will they see Bratz as a brand that promotes superficial values and reject the brand as a whole?

Last, I’m concerned about feminist and mommy bloggers as well. Will they tear the brand down and influence their “soccer mom” supporters to help them?

There’s a lot to be concerned about.

Despite how negative I might sound, I am fairly optimistic about TWO things.

For starters, I’m optimistic about the Bratz brand’s quality. Lately, Mr. Larian seems to have come across some cash, which might be good for the overall quality of the Bratz brand. He offered to buy Toys R’ Us AND he’s offered to merge with Mattel, his original competitor! He seems well-equipped to polish the brand this time.

Article on MGA’s ambitious desire to merge with Mattel

He’s seen some success from his LOL Surprise brand. Project MC2 seems to have a steady beat. And both of Isaac Larian’s children have invested in their own brand, Cult Gaia, which brings the family more wealth. He seems pretty confident that he will reap even more profits from his planned Bratz return. So, who knows what he has up his sleeve.

Hopefully, this businessman has hired the right team and is ready to bring Bratz into the future full-force! But until then, I won’t be posting some of my ideas or hopes for the brand. I’m literally “cleansing palates of expectations”. For now, I will just sit back and wait until it all unfolds.

Second,I’m also excited to learn that Hayden Williams, a fashion designer and illustrator who was rumored to be hired to assist with the design of Bratz, actually WAS hired. This means MGA is at least considering the fans’ expectations for the brand. Hayden Williams has officially tweeted me to confirm that he is one of the Bratz designers!

Hayden Williams Response

At one time before this update, I wasn’t sure Hayden wouldn’t be interested in being a designer for MGA because it might mean he would lose his freedom as a designer.

Turns out, he’s doing a collaboration with MGA, so he will be free to work as he pleases. His dolls will be Amazon collectors’ exclusives available this fall!

I’m excited to know that MGA recognized his talents and vision.

Have you all SEEN his work? Check him out on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hayden_williams/?hl=en

The best part about the release of these dolls is that they will be available ONLINE ONLY (for now). One of my other concerns was that I wasn’t sure Hayden would really be on-board with designing (despite most Bratz fans’ desire to have him design for the dolls) because I was afraid retailers would try to restrict his freedom if the dolls came out too edgy. I was afraid retailers might be skeptical to buy the Bratz because of their reputation, and that Hayden would have to curb the Bratz’s stylishness. One of my suggestions in my 13-page proposal was for Bratz to be sold online if retailers got funky. Glad to know MGA got the same idea.

I don’t think Amazon will restrict the design of the dolls as bad as other retailers (considering they don’t seem to be biased in what they allow to be sold on their website). Hayden said on his own Twitter:

Hayden Williams Tweets

MGA gave him the freedom to really give his all to these dolls. That’s all us Bratz fans really want!

Still, I hope all retailers recognize this brand’s ability to bring back consumers’ interest back to toy aisles and don’t try to change the image of the dolls to get them there.

Now, here’s where I’m uncertain again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Hayden Williams is going to be designing all of the Bratz lines. If they do hire others, they better be on par. I believe that Hayden understands the original “Bratz” design best. He said he has been into the Bratz since 2001. We need fans like him that understand what the Bratz were. No offense to fans who came with the TV series, the movies, or when Meygen jumped in ’02, but you have to have known the Bratz their entire career to understand their image and message FULLY. If you believe you can be on par, do thorough research on the brand, backwards and forwards. I believe that’s why the other designers struggled. The TV series and movies changed a lot about the Bratz, which I don’t appreciate (Read or listen to Bratz 2018: What I Want to Return and What I Don’t)…and some of the people who are fans of the brand mostly remember the media entertainment portion of the brand. While it is one part of the brand, there’s more to it.

I really hope they don’t get Project MC2 designers on-board for the Bratz. If they do, we’re going to have another Moxie-Bratz 2010 problem.

Oh, you don’t know? Remember when Cloe’s leggings were recycled from Moxie Teenz? Yes, that problem.

We’ll also get cute, because that’s what Project MC2 is. They’re cute.

The Bratz are not meant to be “cute”. We don’t need designers who think “cute” will make the Bratz better. N-to-the-O.

So far, I have so many mixed feelings about this comeback now. I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m happy, I’m nervous. I just don’t know what to think anymore!

Readers and fellow Bratz fans, what do you all think of the Bratz’s upcoming “return”? Do you believe the Bratz will deliver this time? Or do you think retailers and critics will find a way to ruin the brand once again? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Read up on some of my other articles:

How Well Do You know the Bratz? Quiz

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Bratz Music

Bratz Dolls Say Good-bye to the Toy Industry

In case you couldn’t find it above: Bratz 2018: What I Want to See Return and What I Don’t

 

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American Girl’s Newest Girl of the Year Doll 2018, Luciana Vega, Takes Us Into Space!

1 Jan

Greetings readers!

American Girl has released a new doll for their annual Girl of the Year line! Her name is Luciana Vega.

If you don’t know what American Girl is, and what all the excitement is about, I will explain it to you.

American Girl is the name of a company that produces and sells dolls meant to relate and inspire girls through realistic fiction and toy models. They have produced several lines since the company was founded in 1986 by Pleasant Rowland, an educator from Illinois, who had a vision to give girls better role models through their playtime than what was offered at the time.

Since then, American Girl has produced a line of historical dolls, accompanied with books, now called Beforever, plenty of contemporary dolls and characters, one of them being the Girl of the Year line, custom doll lines like Truly Me, a line for those of 3 to 5 age called Bitty Baby, and a line for children of early grammar school age called Wellie Wishers. American Girl has had many other lines throughout the years as well.

One of the biggest traditions at American Girl is the unveiling of the Girl of the Year doll and book, along with her collection.

Lately, there has been a push for American Girl to include a more “diverse” range of characters into the brand. Girl of the Year has especially come under fire because since 2001, the Girl of the Year line had been filled with “white American” characters.

In 2017, an African-American character was introduced. Of course, the response was split (with half of the fandom excited that there was finally a Black doll and the other half being upset that her collection seemed rushed, stereotypical, and that her doll mold was released before as a Truly Me).

This year, in 2018, Luciana Vega will be Girl of the Year’s second Latina character (Marisol was released in 2005).

There are other things that make Luciana Vega special. Her story is the first to completely center on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), particularly space science. Luciana Vega’s dream is to lead a team to Mars! The only other American Girl that showed interest in anything close to science was Lanie, Girl of the Year 2010 (Earth science particularly).

In our social and political climate, where there is a push for girls to have the best role models, models that encourage girls to be strong, intelligent, and to reach for their farthest dreams, Luciana is certainly a reflection of the times. This makes her fitting to represent the girls of 2018. Our girls are growing up in a time where they are allowed to be as courageous as the boys!

Let’s get inside her story!

Book 1 synopsis for LUCIANA- In this first book of her series, Luciana is over the moon—she’s going to Space Camp! But when she’s picked to lead her team in a robotics challenge, instead of rocketing her crew to success she steers them straight into trouble. After that, her teammates don’t trust her. In fact, Luciana’s pretty sure they don’t even like her. It’s great to be good at science—but Luciana learns that it’s not enough. If she’s ever going to make it to Mars, she has to be someone her crew can depend on, no matter what. 

Book 2 synopsis for LUCIANA: BRAVING THE DEEP- In her second book, Luciana can’t wait to take off for youth astronaut training camp. She hopes to be chosen to dive to an underwater habitat where real astronauts train for life in space. But when Luciana accuses her diving partner of sabotage, no one believes her and her chances of making the diving team sink fast. Things hit rock bottom when Luciana has an underwater crisis. Suddenly, making the dive team isn’t her biggest worry. She’ll have to conquer her fears if she ever wants to make it to Mars. If she can’t, will she have to kiss her dreams of becoming an astronaut goodbye? 

A third book is due out in March!

Luciana

Book 3 synopsis for LUCIANA: OUT OF THIS WORLD- In her third story, Luciana and her family are headed to Chile for winter break. Luci can’t wait to see her cousins — but the reunion doesn’t go as planned, and Luci feels like an outsider in her own family. Just then she receives a surprise invite from Claire Jacobs, her frenemy from astronaut training camp, to join her at the Mars habitat in the desert and watch NASA scientists at work. It’s an offer too good to refuse, so Luci decides to leave her cousins and give her friendship with Claire a second chance. But what if Luci has made the wrong decision? What if she still can’t trust Claire? When disaster strikes in the desert, Luci finds out the truth.

This article will be updated as more books are released. Girl of the Year has recently had several books introduced with the line. More stories are expected to be released for Luciana as well. And crossing fingers for a movie release!

Now, let’s examine her collection!

As new items are released, I will update this article!

The Girl of the Year is usually only around for one year or while supplies last. American Girl has stated since GOTY of last year that the dolls will be available beyond their year of release, but there won’t be much produced.

Review

Pros

For the first time, in years, I have very little negative to say about American Girl’s product! This is my dream doll, the doll that I’ve been hoping would come out of American Girl! Finally, there’s an American Girl that steps outside of what is deemed normal for little girls! I’m so impressed with this bold move from American Girl. I will list the pros in order and give details:

Space Concept

Last summer, I visited the Adler Planetarium (which I hadn’t visited since I was a child), and my fascination with space grew from there. As a child, it was cool, but as an adult, I was really able to take everything in! Then, I happened to join a NASA employee when welcoming the solar eclipse! I had many outer-galactic experiences last year.

So when I found out Luciana was going to carry the space theme and launch this year, I was over-the-moon!

And have you seen Luciana’s website? Go on over to the website! It’s just so cool! http://play.americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/luciana/

Luciana’s world is mysterious, exciting, and next-gen. I love it.

Maybe it’s a little cliché for some people (Star Wars was one of the biggest movies last year, and it was driven by a female lead). But for me, I’m just excited for the fact that American Girl is releasing a doll that encourages children to think beyond the norm and step out of the boundaries of their gender, race, and human existence entirely! That’s something to applaud.

I even like the space suit, even if I think that it is the most cliché item in the collection. I can imagine being a geeky space nut child and wanting for once, just once, to try on a space suit. Don’t know how it connects to the book, or if it’s even realistic, but it’s just so awesome and mesmerizing, I want it anyway! I just want to see the design.

And maybe the dress is a little too “galaxy-ready”, but what can you expect from a character that’s supposed to be obsessed with space?

It feels a lot more time, care, and energy went into this concept this year. Not sure about the quality just yet, but so far it looks good.

Doll of Color

We’ve got another doll of color this year! That’s something to celebrate! We have the second Latina character, and she’s from a family of Latina immigrants. What makes this all even better is that her concept isn’t stereotypical (as has been the case with other Girl of the Year characters of color, just from comparing her to the few they have had). Though Latinas can be any race, they do carry a strong distinctly unique cultural history in the USA.

One small step for women, one large leap for all the Latina women!

Cons

As with everything I write, I try to objectively see the pros and cons, though there are very few cons this time around.

The Book Cover

I’m bitter-sweet about the book covers. If you’ve been following American Girl, you will obviously see that Luciana’s book covers just don’t fit with the other realistic fiction titles that have come out of the company.

As a lover of artwork (look at my background), I love the more cartoon-ish look in its own right. But the American Girl fan in me can’t totally get on board. One of the most appealing things about the books have been that they depicted real girls doing real and important things. It inspired girls to look at themselves and imagine what they can do in their own real worlds.

Sure, American Girl books are fiction, and we don’t want girls to totally imitate all of the behaviors present, but American Girl used to have the goal of at least inspiring admirable qualities like bravery, intelligence, kindness, and sacrifice. American Girl characters were always faced with realistic circumstances, and having realistic portrayals made them come more alive for girls.

I know my own kids, the kids I work with, love American Girl for how realistic it seems. They always asked “Are they real girls?” In their minds, there was something very real about them, not just from the story, but the look, too! Of course, we can’t judge a book by its cover, but it still would’ve been nice to see some artwork depicting the actual Space Camp on the front cover! Maybe it might have looked too boring for these girls? I don’t know. I think the angle of the pictures mean everything. American Girl has removed illustrations from the books, so I’ve mostly held on to the cover illustrations to gather the gist of what is happening in the books. I can understand that realistic portraits might cost more and it would require American Girl to find a model for the cover. Maybe money is an issue?

Another Character in a Dress?

With the new Boy World line out, I have higher expectations for American Girl. Now is the time to show the world that girls are diverse, with a variety of styles.

Unfortunately, only a few Girl of the Year characters have come with pants as their “Meet” outfits. It’s bitter-sweet that Luciana doesn’t come with pants. On one hand, it does give her a balance of masculine and feminine energy. It could help her line appeal to many different types of girls. On the other hand, I think it’s important for girls to realize that pants aren’t just for “boys”. I feel like the production of the boy dolls will cause American Girl to do their best to try to make distinctions between the boy characters and the girls (considering the boys are sharing face molds with the girl dolls). Will that distinction be gender-restrictive? Basically, will all the girls end up with the long hair and dresses, and the boys with the short hair and pants?

I’ve heard through the grapevine that not too many girls seemed excited about Luciana’s concept. I can’t see why not, but considering I was never a normal 9-to-11 year old girl, maybe I just don’t understand with these girls like.

Hopefully, her space concept is as inspirational for little girls as it is for me!

Well, that’s my review on Luciana Vega! What do you think of the new Girl of the Year? Does she inspire you to look beyond your everyday world? Or does she bore you? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

American Girl Dolls’ New “Boy World” for the Truly Me Line: Should We Be Concerned?

29 Nov

Hello readers! Welcome back! This is for my fellow American Girl fans out there!

Rumor has it in the American Girl community that American Girl is planning on releasing boy dolls as an option in their Truly Me line. This group of boys will be in a section called “Boy World”. These dolls are said to be scheduled for release sometime in 2018. Some say they will arrive as early as December 26, 2017.

As we’ve seen with ALL the releases American Girl has had so far, we know that most of the rumors in the American Girl community turn out to be legit. Either American Girl is secretly reading all the suggestions made on social media and in message boards, or these people who have started these rumors seriously do have connections. Nanea was just a rumor last year, and come to fruition. Maryellen was a rumor, and was released. Back in 2001, Rebecca was a rumor, and was released in 2009. Yes, it’s safe to say there aren’t really any rumors in the American Girl circle. Most of the information we get are LEAKS.

So, when I heard this rumor, and saw the receipts, I froze. I wasn’t shocked. I wasn’t surprised. But I felt odd; I felt this sudden wave of FEAR. Yes, I’m very much intimidated by this supposedly small fraction of Truly Me dolls that includes a section of BOYS. My feelings towards a boy line are bittersweet overall. The fears I have about it keep me bitter, the children who are excited for this keep me sweet.

For the last couple of years, since AMERICAN BOY was trademarked back in 2012 (?), I thought I could just ignore it. It wouldn’t affect me. In fact, I was pretty excited about it back then. In my mind back then, I just didn’t have to buy it if I didn’t like it, right?

Later, I began talking with other American Girl fans who opened my mind to some of their thoughts on the matter. I began to question whether it truly was a good move…Read my article ‘Should American Girl Sell Boy Dolls?’

When Logan was released, the best friend to Contemporary character Tenney and the first boy doll from the brand (well if you don’t include the Bitty Twins), I thought maybe this would just be a one-time thing or, at the least, even occasional. I had hoped it wouldn’t become very popular. I expressed why during the release of Tenney and Logan. Logan, for me, was a disappointment in many ways, so it really didn’t make me very excited for future boy doll releases.

But now that it’s happening…Now that my worst fear is happening, I realized that I can’t sock it at Mattel through my wallet, like I thought I could. No, that’s no longer enough. It’s not enough because there are too many people who support the inclusion of boy dolls in the American Girl brand. And that fact makes me completely petrified at the future of this doll brand. What is now the culture of the American Girl fandom? Is the fandom no longer filled with the same people who fought for a “girl’s space” in a world where we didn’t have many female heroes or honorable mentions in history? In a world that still finds males more interesting than females in much of the storytelling written and told? In a world where men still don’t understand why we have female lead characters in movies like Star Wars: Rogue One because they just “can’t relate to a girl”?

Fans upset at another female lead in Star Wars: Rogue One

What are they trying to accomplish by releasing a boy doll, let alone a whole line, to a brand that was supposed to empower girls?

It’s obvious to me now that Logan must have been selling well. In fact, Logan has pretty much out-shined his own “best friend” in most of the press releases. He was sold out in Washington D.C.’s American Girl store throughout much of 2017. It seemed like every time I called to inquire about him, he was sold out.

In fact, Logan took the place of Gabriela, 2017’s Girl of the Year, and the first African-American Girl of the Year at that, in the front display windows of most of the American Girl stores. I’m sure his sales are higher than hers as a result. Not only is she at a disadvantage because she’s black, but gosh, she’s also a girl. Her mold has been used and done before in Truly Me. Logan has Kaya’s mold, but in a “whiter” color, which makes it, I guess, a little more unique. It must look cuter on a boy. Being a girl in this brand is just not as unique as being a boy. Being black just makes Gabby…well, ugly. She couldn’t stand a chance against this hunky brunette boy named Logan. I mean, Logan gives girls the opportunity to ship cutie Tenney with a boy for once (not that no one wasn’t it doing it with Felicity and Ben, but you get the point).

If you can’t smell my sarcasm and cynicism by now, you never will.

Just like in the real world, life is not driven by Black American girls. They are driven by White American boys. American Girl has suddenly become a reflection of just what we see in our very real world…

For the last couple of articles about American Girl, I really haven’t said too many positive things about American Girl lately. My praise of American Girl has declined since the transformation of American Girl’s historical line to “Beforever”. And it’s then when I began to see all the little flaws that irked me tremendously.

So far, I’ve tried to be fair, even if I didn’t agree with the directions American Girl has taken over the years. I’ve tried to be understanding. But every year I feel that disappointment, more and more of it, and it drains any passion I’ve had for this brand. I’m seriously at the point where I’ve been excited for a doll’s retirement because it meant that American Girl didn’t have the opportunity to screw whichever doll’s collection over.

I have always respected this brand, and I held on to this brand because I believed in its message. I believed that history was important. I believed that girls should know what they have done to help the world or should at least have role models that inspire them to do more. American Girl inspired me when I was a little girl in the 1990s.

Now, I’m adult. As an adult, really, I shouldn’t have any say on what a doll line is supposed to be. After all, these toys are for this generation’s children. Still, as an adult collector, and a true lover of American Girl dolls, I couldn’t help feeling disappointed after the latest news. I’m not disappointed with American Girl, LLC, not with Mattel, but at the fandom who drove the company to even consider creating this line of boy dolls.

It’s not all bad though. Don’t get me wrong. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I understand all the reasons why American Girl has created a boy doll and why they want a “Boy World”, and those reasons alone make me feel more positive about this new idea. The intentions are pure.

For one,  I am interested in the idea behind including boys in the world of dolls, especially in a high-profile doll brand such as American Girl. Introducing these boy dolls into the lines offered can help girls understand boys better. It’s different liking what boys do (like girls may with male Marvel superheroes) versus understanding boys. If done correctly, boy characters and dolls in a brand like this, a brand that focuses on the thoughts and feelings of everyday children, could open a gate for teachable or educational moments, moments that help girls understand the world of boys. It can introduce girls to a different type of world for boys, other than the violent and rough one. Of course, this is IF IT’S DONE CORRECTLY.

Unfortunately I don’t have much faith that American Girl, LLC, and overall Mattel, can do this correctly. But we shall see.

A second pro to the inclusion of boy dolls is that this could be a stepping stone to getting boys interested in dolls, or at least not being ostracized or bullied when they are interested. There are actually quite a few boys already interested in the American Girl characters and dolls. If more companies began offering boy dolls, people wouldn’t see “dolls” as a girl thing. Of course, having the Ken doll didn’t stop dolls from being seen as a “girl toy”. But again, IF DONE CORRECTLY, American Girl could truly make a gender-neutral brand of dolls, which would be ground-breaking on many levels.

The third pro is that boys who are interested in American Girl will now have a doll that at least resembles them. Though sure, a boy shouldn’t need a “boy doll” to be interested in a brand that appears directed to girls. But just having a face, just having that representation can be important for some little boys who want a doll that looks like them. It’s important when they are playing with their little friends or their siblings or their cousins. It helps them relate to the toy better.

Having it in Truly Me is probably the best step forward, and personally it’s where I think the boy inclusion should end (though I’m not against a separate Beforever or Boy of the Year line for boys). Truly Me allows children and collectors to pick any doll they want, to dress them any way they want, and to decide their story. These boys don’t have to be just modern boys. If someone wants to make them historical, they can be. Of course, American Girl isn’t offering any male historical fashions yet, but Kit had a cute pair of overalls in her collection and Felicity had some breeches that could work on a boy doll from the past, if anyone is interested in the secondary market, like eBay. Besides, you can dress your boy dolls in any of the outfits available if the child prefers a non-binary look. And custom outfits at home are an option, too. It seems American Girl wants to jump on the boy doll market, especially since people were already making custom boys out of their dolls anyway.

custom American Boy doll

One more positive thing about this is the fact that there will be many molds and hair textures, creating a diverse range of options. Boys of color don’t really have that many super hero action figures in their image. In fact, few toys directed at boys are black, brown, yellow, or any other color but the pinkish-white that’s often considered the default. The Truly Me line is offering something rare in the 18″ doll market, though the My Life dolls beat American Girl to it.

I imagine this whole release is to compete with the My Life dolls…and personally, I believe American Girl’s future decisions will be based on their competition. After all, My Life dolls are cheaper, which makes them more appealing and affordable to parents during the holiday season.

Despite all the good that this boy line could do for the toy industry, both originally and socially, I have many concerns with it.

I am a skeptic by nature, I’ve come to accept this part of myself. I worry and question everything. When it comes to things I like, I am hesitant when people decide to implement changes that I’m not comfortable or familiar with. I worry how the changes will affect the brand.

Concern 1: Will introducing Boy dolls take boys away from relating to girl dolls and characters?

Sure, I understand American Girl’s mindset, the fact that they want to encourage others to recognize that boys can play dolls too, and so it seems that the logical thing to do would be to introduce boy dolls into the brand. But should a boy need a “boy doll” to get interested in the American Girl brand?

Girls don’t need a girl character to get interested in Marvel’s superheroes (though they’ve released girl dolls, but it wasn’t necessary to get girls interested in Marvel). Plenty of girls loved Harry Potter books, even though the story is male-driven. So why should boys need a boy character to relate to American Girl?

Boys should be encouraged to admire toys of all kinds, art of all kinds, even if the image on the cover is that of a girl. Boys should be encouraged to admire any character’s strengths, regardless of their gender. Why can’t boys admire and look up to girls as much as girls admire and look up to boys?

And let’s be honest, girls do look up to boy characters a lot. Women will deny being into dolls before they’ll deny being into action figures because boy toys are considered “cool” while girl toys are considered “weak” or “lame” or “babyish”.

I think it’d be great if a boy can find a girl doll or character that relates to him. Kit is pretty popular among boys because she does just that, but she doesn’t have to be a boy to relate to boys. When boys read stories like hers, they can connect and discover that girls don’t feel any different from them. And isn’t that more of American Girl’s goal? To put girls out there more? To help the world understand girls? It shouldn’t be to help girls understand boys. There’s plenty out there that can help girls understand boys. But few stories do what American Girl stories do, and few dolls represent the message that girls can do important things and inspire others with their positive actions. How many stories give such realistic portrayals of girls in ways all children can understand?

For this reason, I fear that American Boy dolls will give boys a reason to overlook the girl dolls, as if they don’t have anything valuable to offer or teach boys.

Concern 2: What would happen if the success of these boy lines encourage American Girl, LLC to start creating more boy characters in the brand? Should the boy dolls be treated as accessories to the girls or should American Girl seek to give them their own lines?

This is a trickier question, one that I proposed five years ago when AMERICAN BOY was first trademarked. So far, American Girl has already decided to go the “best friend” route, the route I was especially against when it came to American Girl. It seems they also might try some customization with the boys in Truly Me. Which I’m okay with.

I’m not against the boys being in Truly Me. I’m happy with them right there.

I won’t be okay if American Girl starts making boy friends for the Beforever characters or the Girl of the Year. My issue is that the boys may steal the attention from some of the girls in the brand, like what Logan has done to Gabriela and his “friend” Tenney, even if they are just accessories. The girls of color would be at the greatest disadvantage, as they already struggle for attention against the white American Girl dolls. Now, they would have to compete with the boy dolls, too!

And yet, with the success of Logan, I believe the best boy friend concept will be reintroduced in the near future. It won’t stop until the novelty of boy dolls stop.

I also don’t like the shipping. It’s not that I don’t think childhood romances aren’t cute, but American Girl has always encouraged girls to strive for more than the typical. Romance is a typical subject among girls, and traditionally was considered the only thing they should be concerned about (since women were only expected to strive to be good wives and mothers). I don’t like the idea of my favorite characters getting characters that they could be shipped with. I don’t like it with Tenney, no matter how hard American Girl insists “they are just friends”.

I would personally like the boys to have their own separate lines in a completely different section called AMERICAN BOY, as trademarked. I’ve talked to many fans that don’t like this idea. I’ve asked them why. Most just don’t want the boy line to compete with the girl line. They don’t want the American Boy books to show more history with male-driven characters, as it’s so often portrayed that way. They feel it would take away the symbol of American Girl. Truly, it wouldn’t be American Girl anymore, in their opinion.

I agree that the competition for importance would be a factor. However, I believe that having a separate American Boy line, with maybe a variety of different characters and outfits, but not so extravagant like the girls, would be a good way to implement boy dolls without them outshining the girl dolls. After all, most of the little people who walk in the AG stores are little girls, and little girls tend to be drawn to little girl dolls.

Of course, there would still be the issue of honoring boys in “women’s spaces”, a space set aside to honor girls that never had a place in history books, on movie screens, in literature, and in the present working world.

Concern 3: Will having “gendered” outfits limit the fluid fashion expression of the girl characters? Are boys the only ones capable of having short hair and wearing baggy pants? What clothing and accessories will define the “boys’ line”?

As someone who loves androgynous fashion, I couldn’t help wondering why Logan couldn’t be a girl. And hard as I’ve tried to pretend that Logan is, after reading about his story, I just couldn’t put that into my imagination. I guess I’m not that creative?

There doesn’t seem like there will be any stories with the release of these new “Boy World” dolls. Still, how is it going to be defined separately from the girls? For me, I don’t understand why the first dolls we get with bowl cut or pixie cut hair dos have to be boys. This just made me realize how much American Girl lacks in terms of diverse gender expressions. Sure, we have tomboys like Felicity and Kit, but few modern characters have the same expression they do, and even Lissie and Kit wore dresses and such most of the time (considering the time, it wasn’t their fault).

In our modern world, we have all kinds of ways to express womanhood, and not all of it is in a dress, ballerina flats, and pink hair streaks. Some of us like to wear our hair really short. Some of us like our clothes baggy instead of hugging us. Some of us like bland colors like brown and black and green.

With this new “Boy World”, will the lines between what is boy and girl be set? With the boy dolls now, there’s no chance a true tomboyish character could be released. They’d be associated with the “boy’s collection”.

And how are we going to define this boy line when it comes to items and accessories? With basketballs? STEM items? Items it took years for the girls to get?

Are we going to stereotype the boys by shoving them with most of the sports attire or the science attire? Truly, what defines a “Boy’s World”?

I’m curious to see what that will mean in the American Girl brand.

Concern 4: Is it necessary to “create diversity” by adding boy characters, especially when we don’t even have a diverse range of female characters yet?

As mentioned before, American Girl doesn’t even have a diverse range of gender expressions among girls yet. How can they seek to bring representation to boys when they haven’t even represented all the girls yet?

How revolutionary it would’ve been if Logan had been a girl! I would’ve been more tempted to buy Logan (it’s the face mold that still turns me off). I guess I can buy him and still pretend, but the fact that he comes with a back story and everything kind of kills the imagination for me.

It’s more necessary to make more characters of color, something American Girl is also seriously lacking. They don’t have any Asian American Beforever characters with their own line and series (Ivy was a sidekick, and so was not important in my honest opinion). They’ve only had ONE African-American Girl of the Year character. They don’t even have any Muslim characters (Leyla, from the Girls of Many Lands, was the last one from the brand, and she wasn’t an 18″ doll). They’ve only had one 18″ Indian doll, none from Pakistan or Iran or any other group. We don’t even have a Native American, or indigenous, Girl of the Year!

And yet, Logan gets his chance to shine? Nu uh. There are far more role models out there for boys. American Girl doesn’t have to offer boy dolls for boys to have options. They find these options in toys, video games, literature, history books, and in LIFE. I just finished watching the Hey Arnold movie. He’s a pretty good role model for boys, and American Girl didn’t have to be around for him to exist.

Concern 5: Is it okay for the boy dolls to share the same mold as girl dolls?

This might seem like a silly concern (well my whole rant about a bunch of dolls might seem silly to most of you), but I believe having boys carry on some of the girls’ molds would hurt the sales and perception of the girls. A lot of times, what is considered masculine is considered “ugly” on a girl. But if it were placed on a boy, it might be deemed more “attractive”.

Take the Addy mold for example. There are a lot of people who don’t like the Addy mold and they think she looks masculine. That’s people’s perception of black women anyway, but they will project that perception off on the doll. If a male were to have that exact mold, they might find it looks “better” on him.

I’ve heard some people say that Kaya’s mold looks better on Logan than on her! It’s not fair to her. She was designed with that specific mold because it fit with her culture and time period. For Logan to appropriate her mold is just an outrage!

My other concern is that these dolls would end up being considered ugly by girls because they share the same mold as the boy dolls. Though it shouldn’t matter, the opinions of these girls can greatly affect the success of the dolls. I mean, we shouldn’t think anyone is ugly, and so we shouldn’t find characters’ dolls to be ugly, just because they have more masculine faces. But how can anyone really change the way a kid feels?

Black girls already get called masculine and ugly by some of their peers. Do they really need to see that Addy shares a mold with a Truly Me boy doll?

I know this is a lot to talk about, and all just for some child’s plaything. I guess it bothers me because American Girl dolls have always meant a lot more to me than the average doll line. I’ve collected a lot of dolls, but American Girl was always the diamond in the rough. This brand brought a new kind of representation to the toy industry, and changed my perception of what a girl could and couldn’t do. I believe it’s why I’m able to be so independent to this day. I know I don’t have to follow the crowd. I know I don’t need to be married by 30. I know my role is not just to be a loving wife and mother. I know there’s more for me out there. And American Girl dolls, among other things, helped me discover that at a young age. I can’t deny that it was a contributing factor.

Perhaps we shouldn’t politicize toys, or make them into a social issue. But some toys can be great tools for promoting positive and encouraging messages. I think it’s important to create toys that have a purpose than to just have kids play with toys meaninglessly. But when we do create toys with a purpose, it’s important to remember the message sent when selling them.

This is why the imagery this company dishes out is so very important. These images really do influence the little girls who play with them, especially because there are books that accompany the dolls. That’s why American Girl has a responsibility to make sure the images they produce really do bring honor to girls.

This is why what American Girl produces is important to me. This isn’t just some flimsy underground brand. American Girl is a brand that has the power to influence girls. I just hope that American Girl uses that power wisely.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the new rumored “Boy World”! Are you for it or against it? Are you concerned? If you are, do you share my same concerns or do you have some of your own? Let’s discuss!

American Girl’s Native Hawaiian doll, Nanea Mitchell from the 1940s, Has Arrived!

5 Aug

For those of you who don’t know, American Girl is a brand that produces a line of wholesome and family-friendly dolls centered on encouraging girls to be the best they can be and to make their mark on history. Pleasant Company originally produced the American Girl collection in 1986 with their line of historical dolls as the focus, now called Beforever. Soon, the brand was sold to Mattel, creators of the Barbie doll, and it has expanded since then to include Bitty Baby, Wellie Wishers, Girl of the Year, and other contemporary and historical lines throughout the years since it’s been around.

Lately, American Girl has been pushing for “diversity” in their brand of dolls. Earlier this year, the first African American Girl of the Year  , Gabriela, was released followed by American Girl’s first boy doll. Z Yang, a young Korean filmmaker, was also added to the group.

And finally a new doll was added to the Beforever lineup: Nanea Mitchell, a native Hawaiian girl from 1941, during the early WWII era.

I’ve done write-ups on the dolls before, if you want to check those articles out. –>Check it out here.

To promote the new 1941-1942 Native Hawaiian American Girl doll, American Girl has allowed all of their “Rewards” members early access to the doll! That’s right. Instead of waiting until the end of the month, AG Rewards members will receive their Nanea as early as this week!

Many AG Rewards members received their Nanea on August 1st, and already there are reviews everywhere of her. American Girl fans who have been excited for her arrival were surprised when American Girl bumped up her release for their active consumers.

And Reward members weren’t just getting a doll. Oh no. They received a collection.

What is AG Rewards?

 

It is just like any rewards membership you get with any retail store. The more you buy, the more points you get. Attending American Girl events can also give you points.

It’s free to join.

It’s kind of difficult to find on the main website. But you can access it by going to the “Shop” page, clicking “Sign in/Register” at the top right-hand corner of the screen. Or you can access it by going to the “Shop” page or “Stores” page, scrolling all the way to the bottom, clicking “About American Girl”, which then gives a drop-down menu that includes “AG Rewards”.

You must be 18 years or older to join, so kids should ask their parents first.

Other F.A.Q.s are listed on the page if you scroll down.

But don’t expect to get Nanea just because you decided to be a member today. You had to have accumulated 350 points or more (Gold status and Berry status) to be able to get the doll and her collection.

The doll and her collection run about $216 for pre-order. Nobody over my way can afford that right now, but happy days to the rest of ya’ll who can.

What was included in the Nanea collection?

Included in the collection are the doll in her Meet outfit, some accessories that go along with it, a hula outfit with some floral accessories, her Pjs, and her cute little dog.

There are videos out now from people who received their collection. I haven’t gotten anything yet. :/

One of the best videos I’ve seen has been lead by a very intelligent and bright child.

 

Another great video is by the Youtuber American Girl Ideas.

After watching the videos, I have my own review.

My Review

Nanea’s Meet Outfit and Accessories

I’ve already seen it a thousand times already. But I never really gave my opinion on it until now.

Nanea’s Meet outfit comes with a pake “Teatimer” blouse that became really popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

More searches on “Teatimer” blouses

She also arrives with sailor-inspired moku shorts. She has crisscrossed strap sandals. She has a bag/purse that can turn inside-out to match her outfit. And she has a blue-white shell necklace to tie it all together.

I love the color and style of the “Teatimer” top as well as the cute little shorts. But I’m not sure I like everything together. For some reason, it just seems like the jewelry and handbag are off with the outfit. The red in the shirt is the only color that pops. The blue with it isn’t doing it for me. The blue is nice too on its own. But it doesn’t seem like there’s enough to go with the red in her shirt.

But separately, everything looks really appealing. The doll itself looks stunning. Yet, I don’t know why they saw the need to paint the ends of her eyes. Was that to make it look more slanted than it was supposed to look?

Regardless, I personally appreciate the historical emphasis put into the wardrobe. I was especially interested in her Meet items.

Some other Meet items include a letter from one of her best friends, Donna, and an envelope. I read a bit about Donna, but there will be no spoilers from me. 😉 We can see Nanea’s address on the front of the envelope. This friend Donna lives in California …I’m assuming Donna’s family moved after the events of Pearl Harbor, December 1941.

Nanea’s Meet accessories also come with two $1.00 bills with HAWAII printed on the back. This is a very historical detail. Right after the Pearl Harbor attack (so these accessories have to have been related to events that took place in 1942), dollar bills were issued with a Hawaiian print. This was so the US could distinguish the money during a Japanese invasion, if such were to happen. If an invasion were to happen, the Japanese could seize millions of dollars from institutions on the island. But with the Hawaii print, the USA could easily declare the money useless since the notes weren’t actually the legal currency of the nation. It was like making a bunch of fake dollar bills for people so the Japanese wouldn’t still the real ones.

All  “bank notes” that were not stamped had to be turned in. Hawaiian residents were not allowed to use any other form of currency unless they had permission.

History on the Hawaiian Bank Note

So far, the most interesting parts for me about the Meet stuff are the accessories. I like everything else, but the other items just adds to the overall historical and story experience, which is something I appreciate about American Girl. The letter in its envelope kind of reminds me of the American Girl’s “adventure” books. You know, like Kit’s Railway Adventure? Samantha’s Ocean Liner Adventure? Molly’s Route 66 Adventure? I loved those books so much.

The Hula Outfit and Accessories

Sigh. I am not shocked, but mildly disappointed. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from Nanea. It’s an era I’ve already collected so much for (because I’ve had Molly, one of the original dolls, since 1997, and have shopped around for off-brand WWII items for her). The things that make her different from Molly deal with her culture, the unique setting, and the extra floral prints.

But I was sort of hoping for maybe a more authentic Hula dress that was less…I don’t know…stereotypical?

I thought it was bad enough that Molly’s perception of Hawaii was the grass skirts (to add Molly’s mom thought it was a good idea to be a hula dancer for Halloween, but this was the 1940s).

But having a “native” Hawaiian girl perpetuate the same stereotypes as Molly almost gives off a worse vibe. This doll could be a gateway for little girls to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history.

When girls see Molly, they know she is just an ignorant white girl who doesn’t know any better. But when they see Nanea, they will think that she really is what she’s advertised as: a “Hawaiian” girl.

So, something a little less stereotypical would’ve been nice. Where was the advisory board when this was designed?

This is not to say there were no hula outfits with ti-leaf skirts being designed in the 1940s. The ti-leaf skirts may have been more common in the late 1800s and early 20th century, but they had them in the 1940s, too.

Before more hula skirts were being made with cotton, hula skirts were often made from raffia fibers. But originally, in the 1800s and before, Hawaiian ladies would just wear the skirts-and nothing else.

Because white missionaries wanted to spread their morality and religion, the style of clothing for the hula changed. It had to so it could fit the current “moral codes”. The dance was banned sometime before the 1940s because of the movement of the dances, the different spiritual undertones, and how “scantily clothed” the dancers appeared.

But by Nanea’s time, hula had moved beyond a traditional spiritual ritual and had become more of an art form. Girls by the 1940s wouldn’t have flounced around in grass skirts all the time. They often wore colorful skirts that may have been made from simple cotton. Then again, if they were trying to appeal to tourists in the 1940s, they may have used the grass skirts instead. Still, there were other styles that I wish had been made for Nanea.

The true evolution of the hula outfits have yet to be elaborated on by any entertainment mediums presented to children. And American Girl joins the other bulk of companies that fall into capitalizing off of the stereotypes.

Perhaps someone should’ve looked up the various different outfits hula dancers wear. Even girls today could provide better and more accurate examples of what is appropriate for hula. And it’s certainly not always grass skirts. Maybe they didn’t want Nanea looking so close to Kanani, but Kanani’s Luau outfit looks more unique than Nanea’s “hula” outfit.

Kanani Luau dress

Today, the hula is mostly done for entertainment and to embrace Hawaiian heritage and culture. Many Hawaiians do still wear the raffia skirt. But wouldn’t it have been refreshing if American Girl had gone a little deeper?

But no. I wasn’t shocked they didn’t. It was exactly as I expected. Still, I was disappointed that they met my low expectations with this outfit.

I prefer the Holoku dress on the cover of her second book.

And from the look and feel of the hula outfit and the accessories, it just seems cheap and lazy. I know doll companies are struggling, but come on. Any time the lei and floral accessories and outfit are worse than Kanani’s, we’ve got a problem. Even the kid in the video can feel it!

The historical line of dolls should be of higher quality than the contemporary dolls. People can get away with wearing plastic everything nowadays. Nanea’s outfit is supposed to reflect the 1940s. Plastic was rationed! I understand the floral accessories can’t be too real because then the flowers could wither and die without proper care. But it should at least look and feel real. It’s just unacceptable.

Sure, Kanani’s doll came out years ago when American Girl could afford to make high-quality items. The doll industry is really suffering nowadays. Mattel might be losing two of its biggest doll lines of the decade (Monster High and Ever After High) and may not be able to bounce back from that. But it still would’ve been nice if there was some effort to be original or different.

The top that goes with the skirt is nice, but Nanea has enough red in her Meet outfit to go around. And it kind of makes it look like a tropical version of Molly’s “costume”.

The “strapless” look of the hula top kind of reminds me of Disney’s Moana, but okay.

Overall, again, Nanea looks good in the hula outfit once everything is put on her. But the look of it is better than the overall quality. It’s like having food on the table that looks better than the taste.

Nanea’s Pajamas and Mele the Dog

The pajamas are cute. They kind of seem to relate to modern fashion styles. This isn’t to say this style wasn’t popular in the 1940s, but I can see how it can be pretty trendy for today, too. American Girl presenters said on facebook that Nanea’s outfits were sort of designed to be “timeless” where girls could mix and match some of her 1940s outfits with modern outfits.

Presenters

While that’s thoughtful and all, I’m not too on board with the idea of mixing the contemporary styles with those of the past. I enjoy the authenticity of the historical line, and quite frankly I find the modern outfits to be something I can find at my local target from another popular 18″ doll line.

But overall, I find the pjs to be okay. They look soft and comfy and I would like a pair for myself.

Mele is cute as a button. I love that doggy!

Overall, her collection seems okay. I’m not as into the outfits as I am the accessories this time around. But I’m glad this dress was released!

Some fans have gotten hold of Nanea’s family market!

1.Once again, the items are the most interesting part of Nanea’s collection for me. I’m seeing some Victory Garden stickers. XD Flashbacks of Molly comes to mind.

2.  I do see a sticker asking people living in Hawaii to donate their empty bottles. TRIVIA: The war brought a shortage of bottles on the island. This is probably when “recycling” really took off the ground. People were encouraged to bring their empty bottles, which were often glass, back for further use. Milk bottles used to be delivered to people by a milkman in glass bottles instead of people going to the store to purchase them in cartons.

3. Did you see how cheap stuff was in the 1940s? Jello….5 cents!

4. The first edition of the Honolulu Star newspaper!

5. The canned spam and the rice bags are two of my favorite items. Canned became a favorite in Hawaii when the army men and air force, the GIs, fell in love with it. It didn’t require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Menuism/why-do-hawaiians-love-spam-so-much_b_1901306.html

Hormel shipped over 100 million pounds overseas.

6. There’s beautiful fabrics! I wonder if any are truly long enough to make doll clothes with…

 

 

Check out the rest of Nanea’s items!

I love the rest of Nanea’s collection. Really time-period ready!

Learn more about her at americangirl.com!

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I hope I don’t sound too disturbed in some parts of the article. But I’ve been put-off from her since I found out I wasn’t going to be learning about a new era and was revisiting the 1940s. Forgive my skepticism. I’m trying to be fair.

I was also put off when I found out she isn’t really fully “Native Hawaiian”. She’s also not really fully a “doll of color” because like all the other Asian/Pacific Islander dolls from American Girl, one of her parents are white. I supposed that’s to make her “prettier”.

But it is more realistic for a Hawaiian girl to be mixed in the 1940s. Few islanders were fully Hawaiian by the 1940s. And even fewer are today.

Oh well. I guess it’s better we get some history on Hawaii now than not at all.

That’s my review of Nanea’s collection. What do you all think? Do you like everything you see? Are you impressed? Are you disappointed? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

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