Outside of the comment sections of video game websites, the shittiest things online have happened to me on star doll (or on other dress up game sites like GirlsGoGames.com and DressUpGames.com), founded in 2004.
star doll still exists as a shell of his old self, as far as I can tell. Its front page is mostly populated with paper dolls uploaded around 2011, when I used it most passionately. At that time, it was an online community focused on celebrity dress up games. In fact the BarbieGirls website collaborated with star doll and suggested users join it once it has been closed.
The sheer volume of downloaded paper dolls was overwhelming even to me, a kid who didn’t understand why and how computers turned on. You could style anyone’s hair Evanescence singer Amy Lee at environmentalist Dian Fossey, and apart from dress up games, there were makeover games, shopping malls populated by genuine breakthrough 2000s fashion brands like Vivienne Tam, Italian luxury brand Miss Sixty and DKNY. There were also limited-edition “tribute” stores to big established and, at the time, up-and-coming fashion names like Giambattista Valli, Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin, all of which nurtured my love, knowledge and critique. fashion today. .
But like BarbieGirls, star doll clearly perpetuated a very specific idea of femininity and what a tall, paper-doll-worthy woman was. Skinny, white, very interested in shopping. And its community, which I primarily engaged with through interest-based forums you could join, was filled with drama and, at least on my side, with lies. I once told people that I had a boyfriend who looked exactly like Stephane from The Vampire Diaries except he was in a wheelchair. I also wrote Dusk fanfiction inspired by the 2008 film Anna Faris The bunny house. It was fucked up and I did some fucked up stuff. It’s hard to be 13 years old.