Monday, June 3, 2013

ToddleWood Takes a Pint-Sized Look at Hollywood Glamour

Anyway who reads our blog knows we’re far more likely to write about adorable monkeys or pug dogs than we are about kids. But we were struck recently by a rug rat-centric project that really struck a chord with our love of pop culture.

ToddleWood is the brainchild of photographer and former advertising executive Tricia Messeroux. She goes to great lengths to recreate tot-sized versions of some of Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpet moments. 

The whole idea started back in 2008, after Tricia had been told that her three-year-old daughter looked like Diana Ross. She soon turned to friends who knew about styling, make-up and hair to help her make the perfect mini-homages to some of the world’s biggest stars.

After casting little look-a-likes for top celebrities, Tricia will take in the arrivals of a big Tinseltown event. She’ll then turn to Andrea Pitter, who will design replicas of the night’s most beautiful designer gowns. A team of pros jumps in to spruce up the models’ hair and make-up. And then the kids supply the attitude (often with a little guidance from their moms).

The result are the perfect reproductions of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck at the 2013 Oscars, Taylor Swift at the Grammys and Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes. All-in-all Tricia says she can turn around her tribute to a major awards show in just a couple of days. But the priceless images will last a lifetime.

And over the years the project has strayed beyond the red carpet. Her most recent project is called “Today’s Little Girls Are Tomorrow’s Role Model.” Not surprisingly it features mini-versions of Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s also given nods to everyone from best-selling author J.K. Rowling to news anchor Soledad O’Brien to domestic goddess Martha Stewart.

Tricia is constantly receiving submissions from hopeful models — or their parents at least. But for those who aren’t lucky enough to have the bone structure of Halle Berry or the sassiness of Adele, there’s another option. Interested parties can also pay to book a photo shoot with the New York based artist. 

Check out the ToddleWood collection and Tricia’s other work visit her official website.

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