By Danielle Zhu
Updated October 16, 2015 at 07:26 PM EDT
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images; Courtesy of Wendy Tsao

Canadian artist Wendy Tsao is transforming Bratz dolls into the likenesses of real-life inspirational women.

By repainting the dolls to rid them of their makeup and creating new outfits, Tsao makes them into figures like Malala Yousafzai, J.K. Rowling, Jane Goodall, Waris Dirie, and Roberta Bondar, hoping children can learn from these new toys.

“The dolls we find in toy stores today are often licensed Disney characters or the heroines of Hollywood blockbuster movies that capitalize on the pull of fantasy, fictional characters to young consumers,” Tsao wrote on BoredPanda. “But there are real-life people who are heroes too, with inspiring stories of courage, intelligence, strength and uniqueness.”

Tsao was inspired by Sonja Singh, who also gives Bratz dolls makeunders to create her Tree Change Dolls. “When I came across Sonja Singh’s Tree Change Dolls, the controversy of a certain line of dolls being overly sexualized, I wanted to explore further the idea that toys or playthings could have an impact on one’s identity,” she wrote. See some of the dolls below and head to her website for more.

Waris Dirie

Courtesy of Wendy Tsao

J.K. Rowling

Courtesy of Wendy Tsao