Well, Hello Dolly!


By George Heymont
Do girls weave totally different fantasy lives than boys while playing with dolls? Do lesbians create totally different fantasy worlds than straight women when playing with dolls?

The answer to these questions (and so many, many more) become apparent while watching The Altered Lives of LaVonne SalleƩ, a bizarrely entertaining short film that begins as the camera focuses on a woman walking two Yorkshire terriers down the street. What makes her dogs stand out? The Barbie dolls riding astride them like cowgirls.

SalleĆ© always had artistic leanings. She just hadn’t found her specialty until 2007, when a walk down Market Street in San Francisco led her into an art gallery hosting the Fifth Annual Altered Barbie Show. As she explains on her website:

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