Hippie dolls are creatures living a wandering and vagabond life, freely. They love to taste the wild salt air and chaotic waves that soothes their soul as if the saltwater cleanses the wounds that cannot be seen and makes one dangerously free.
I have been working under the name Hippie Doll on social media from around 2011.
Not only because of the alliteration in “Heleen Hippie Doll”, has the name stuck since then. It had also become a quirky nickname for when I bump into my friends. I can hear their high pitched tone of voice in my mind right now when saying “Helééén Híppíe Dôll!!”
My definition of a Hippie Doll:
Hippie Doll (n): Someone with a vintage soul, involving rejection of conventionalities and loves to dress up little differently. Hence “I got all dolled up today”. “You’re a doll” is an expression often used by more older generations, meaning to say “you’re cute”.
I frequently get asked where I had come onto the name for my brand or Instagram. Hippie Doll or “hippie” had not always carried positive associations and memories for me. Coming from conservative high schools and being “different” because you were artistic, I got teased a lot by other girls. Although anyone who knew me would say it was not necessary that I did not have any friends. I was named called “devil worshipper” and “you are such a hippie”. Eventhough the two are so far from each other, and that hippies can actually be very sprititual; anything different was just weird and “from the devil”. However, I embraced my difference, although it is just my personality that I cannot be anything other than myself.
After a while of evaluation, psychological tests actually proved that I have a melancholic personality. For those of you who know about the 16 personality types- I fall under ENTJ. For those of you who do not know which personality you could be, take the free test by clicking on the link below.
The best aspect my psychologist used to describe me was “bohemian”. HECK!! I did not even know psychologist used it as an actual term, nevermind that I could psychologically be classified as bohemian. Pretty darn cool, if you ask me!
And so, the indie genre became to rise and unknown indie bands started getting signed and as a result our popular culture changed from “You’re so weird” to “Oh, I am so hipster!”. I started feeling not only more accepted by my peers, but they also started to find my style inspirational. Being Heleen Hippie Doll started to work in my favour, so boo hoo, the wheel has turned (insert evil laugh here). Thus, the Power Puff.. I mean Hippie Doll was born!
Combining “Hippie” with “Doll” actually references a variety of styles. My style is quite eclectic, which means a bit of everything or combining different styles. Bohemian is also a combination of different native or cultural styles. Which is why HippieDoll Designs is represented through a cactus logo. The hippie part of the name references the 60s style, being unconventional and free-spirited. This is portrayed through the 60s groovy-like font in the logo. The doll side is portrayed through the red lips. This represents to dress up, being classy and retro 50s vibes.
Heleen HippieDoll logo
Off-topic: I am not going sound like a “typical hipster” and say “I knew or was that first!” when it comes to style, music or fashion , but rather celebrate, because now I could find my style in many clothing stores (yay me!). But more importantly, creativity is meant to be shared and I feel fashion is a form of self-expression.
For more HippieDoll photos go to https://instagram.com/heleenhippiedoll?igshid=19iw0lt2a4t7a
For more of my photography of other beautiful dolls and other bunch of hippie stuff go to