You might have heard of Kina Shen, or Valeria Lukyanova, well, and many other real life Barbies. They are famous, but they could not reach the level of realism.
Meet Lulu – a full-body doll suit consisting of a wig, a mask and stockings patterned with doll-like joints – was born from one woman’s desire to become cute. “I have always really liked dolls and for me, the epitome of cuteness is dolls,” says 23-year-old fashion designer Hitomi Komaki, who created Lulu.
According to the designer, Lulu is the first model of a "living doll" in the world and can provoke a new craze for such a fashion in the country.
Lulu is aesthetic, full of charm inherent in the Japanese pop culture, and often surprising passers-by when walking the streets of Tokyo
“Many people call my project a fetish, but for me it’s not a fetish but fashion,” she says. “It’s like wearing nice clothes or putting on false eyelashes to become cuter.”
The costume presented in Japan has air-red puppet joints on a special material, and the identity of the person who is under the mask is kept secret and journalists can not disclose it.
There is so far only one copy, but dancers, designers and mannequins are among those who have worn the costume. The identity of exactly who is inside is secret, she adds.
Koh Ueno, who designed her stockings, said: "I want women to wear these stockings and be transformed."
"I want them to experience the extraordinary - to become otherworldly, artificial or like a doll."
Lulu has already gathered an army of supporters, she has thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter.
She was chosen as one of the 134 semifinalists out of 4,000 entrants to the Miss iD beauty contest, which includes non-human characters created by artificial intelligence and computer graphics.