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They say that harsh times create great art. This particular case might not be exactly what they were talking about, but it’s still be pretty wonderful. Tonya Ruiz is a miniature artist who creates a lot of beautiful little things which she then posts to her Instagram account @grandmagetsreal (Grandma Gets Real). One of her main mediums to work with is none other than the iconic Barbie doll – a toy she feels a special connection to. In a Q & A, Ruiz said “I grew up in Barbie’s shapely shadow. I followed in her tiny footprints and became a teenage fashion model.”

“I started at 15 and quit at 18,” she writes, “It was a tough business for a teenager.” Now a grandmother in her senior years, Tonya has taken the internet by storm with her Barbie tinkering. And it’s pretty detailed! Here’s a sort of self portrait of her in her element.

Her rise in popularity this year stemmed mainly from her series of faux Barbie sets with more realistic depictions of the kinds of situations people find themselves in in 2020. Far from the glamorous ideals that the toy generally markets, these packets are comically raw and relatable. Here are just a few.

11. Essential Worker barbie

A salute to those working the checkout lines everywhere!

10. Health Care Worker Barbie

Not too much to joke about here, just genuinely nice.

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Which Hero should I make next? These are the two I’ve made so far. •Pandemic Hero Health Care Worker Barbie Includes:  Mask, Lab Coat, X-Ray, Scrubs, Medical Chart, Medication, Thermometer, Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer, Hot-Water Bottle #healthcareworker •Pandemic Hero – Sanitation Worker Barbie Doing The Dirty Job of Picking Up Trash Includes: Waste & Recycle Cans Plus Tiny Garbage #barbiegetsreal #Pandemicworker #essentialworker #dirtyjobs #sanitationworker . . #barbiesofinstagram #barbiecollection #barbiecollector #bestbarbiephotos #instabarbie #quarantinebarbie #dollstagram #barbielover #barbieinstagram #barbiegram #barbiegirl #barbieworld #Barbie #mattel #barbieinsta #barbiedolls #barbiestyle #barbiephotography #barbievintage #barbieclothes #barbier #vintagebarbie #barbiephotogallery #barbiephotos

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9. Quarantine Starter Pack

Get comfortable and grab some snacks, Barbie. We’re gonna be here a while.

8. What Time is It? Edition

Even Barbie has lost all sense of chronology.

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Quarantine Barbie What Time Is It? Edition Includes:  Alarm Clock Glass of Warm Milk for Insomnia Cappuccino Machine Daytime Pajamas & Nighttime Pajamas Toaster with Toast PLUS SNACKS:  Mother's Circus Animal Cookies Crunch 'n Munch #barbiegetsreal . . #grandmagetsreal #pandemicbarbie #quarantinebarbie #quarantinelife #barbiesofinstagram #barbiecollection #barbiecollector #bestbarbiephotos #instabarbie #barbielife #dollstagram #barbielover #barbieinstagram #barbiegram #barbiegirl #barbieworld #barbieinsta #barbiedolls #barbiestyle #barbiephotography #barbievintage #barbieclothes #barbier #vintagebarbie #barbiephotogallery #mattel #barbie @mattel @barbie #barbieminiatures #barbiefashionista

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7. New Hobby Edition

Time to pick up a bunch of stuff you’ll drop in a week!

6. Bread Baking Barbie

Remember when we all decided to do this for like 4 days? What was that, exactly?

5. Zoom Ken

Business on the top, party on the bottom.

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Quarantine Barbie – Zoom Ken Includes:  Business Attire top & Adorable Heart Boxers 3 Apple Products: Iphone, Ipad, and Macbook Pro Beverages from Starbucks Drive-Thru Dove Antiperspirant Rambunctious Toddler and Fussy Infant to Crash Video Chat Toilet & One Roll of TP *Do not use while on Zoom . . . #zoom #zoombarbie #barbiegetsreal #quarantinebarbie #barbiesofinstagram #barbiecollection #barbiecollector #bestbarbiephotos #instabarbie #barbielife #dollstagram #barbielover #barbieinstagram #barbiegram #barbiegirl #barbieworld #Barbie #mattel #barbieinsta #barbiedolls #barbiestyle #barbiephotography #barbievintage #barbieclothes #barbier #vintagebarbie #barbiephotogallery #barbiephotos #miniatures #dollhouseminiatures @mattel @barbie

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4. Binge Watching Barbie

I love how this comes complete with a TV that’s at least 40 years old.

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Quarantine Binge Watching Barbie Includes: Television, Comfy Crochet Afghan, Pillow Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Popcorn & Diet Coke Plus – Lots of Sweet & Salty Snacks Everything she needs for a cozy marathon of streaming! . . . #barbiegetsreal #quarantinebarbie #barbiesofinstagram #bingewatchingbarbie #pandemicbarbie #barbiecollection #barbiecollector #bestbarbiephotos #instabarbie #grandmagetsreal #dollstagram #barbielover #barbieinstagram #barbiegram #barbiegirl #barbieworld #Barbie #mattel #barbieinsta #barbiedolls #barbiestyle #barbiephotography #barbievintage #barbieclothes #barbier #vintagebarbie #barbiephotogallery #barbiephotos #miniatures #dollhouseminiatures @mattel @barbie

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3. Home Salon Edition

“Do it yourself” doesn’t necessarily mean “do it well.”

2. Quarreling Couple

We need a special kit for people who *just* moved in together before quarantine hit.

1. My Plans vs 2020

She even got in on the latest meme. Nice.

Unfortunately, these kits are just made individually for fun and aren’t for sale. But I think Mattel should call her up and make a deal. These could be the gift of the year!

Would you buy one? If so, which?

Tell us in the comments.