The Entrepreneurial Practices of Becoming a Doll

Adrienne Evans, S. Riley

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‘Living dolls’ is a term that emerged online during 2010 to describe a group of women who participate in the practice of appearing ‘doll-like’. Living dolls take part in a number of beauty techniques in order to achieve a doll appearance through, for example, using wide-rimmed contact lenses, hair extensions and corsetry. An online community also holds that the living dolls achieve their appearance through the use of photo-editing technologies (e.g. Photoshop) and/or surgery—including rib removal, eye widening, breast implants and liposuction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism
EditorsAna Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill, Christina Scharff
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-47765-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-47764-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2017

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  • Transnational postfeminism
  • Living dolls
  • Kawaii
  • Make-up tutorial

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