I just got Mia yesterday, and it was clear as soon as I pulled her out of the box that she wasn't going to be "Mia". I changed her clothes. ( I bought her the silver belle outfit!) and took out her braid and fluffed out her hair a little. This doll turned into a ravishing beauty! I renamed her Lydia. I don't even think I'll read her Mia book, it's just not who she's meant to be.
I'd give Mia a B. I don't really like her meet outfit. The sweater is cute, but the skirt is kind of cheap. Her shoes and the braid in her hair make her look frumpy. It is after all a workout outfit, something she'd wear after school while she's practicing rather than something cute she'd wear to school. Maybe if you paired her meet sweater with a cute jean skirt it could have potential.
I'd give my "redone" Lydia an A. No, I didn't do anything cosmetically to her and, yes, it's the same doll, but when you change her clothes out of her frumpy workout stuff, she looks so much better! She's got this creamy skin and cute freckles and her eyes are gorgeous. They have so much detail. I love her hair color. It looks highlighted with darker and lighter streaks mixed in. Her braid is still a little crinkly, but I'm sure that if I wet it down and brush it out a little, it will smooth over. She cleans up nice in a nice dress! Perfect for play and display.