Carnival is the season for flipping life on its head — a time when it’s natural to see people wearing wigs, boas, wings and beads. On Mardi Gras day, men dressed in suits made of feathers? Totally normal. And women dressed like little girls — in bloomers, short satin skirts and bonnets? Totally normal too, and part of a long, subversive tradition.
Eve Abrams shares this history of the Baby Dolls, who break race and gender barriers, all on a Mardi Gras day.
Kim Vaz is a dean at Xavier University. She literally wrote the book on Baby Dolls.