Have you noticed — the world is changing. Thanks to hyper-connectivity, largely due to the internet, people are choosing to move away from outdated ideals of beauty and work on self-acceptance. The decision to do just this is revolutionizing human consciousness and the way we relate to each other. It’s also inspiring people to produce more conscious products, such as life-like dolls that are “flawed” yet still beautiful.
To promote realistic standards of beauty, Ukranian artist Olga Kamenetskaya removes the makeup from mass-produced dolls, such as Monster High Girls or Barbies, and gives them a makeover. “Some people are scared by the realism of my dolls; they find them terrifying. Others, on the contrary, admire such aesthetics,” Kamenetskaya told Vogue.
Kamenetskaya has always loved dolls. She recalled, “My family was not rich, so our parents bought the first Barbie for me and my sister only when I was 9. We both adored her!” She always hoped to expand her doll collection, but that was out of reach. In high school, her interests transferred from dolls to fashion. After learning how to sew, she made herself the canvas. “I was not afraid to stand out. On the contrary, I liked it, so sometimes my image was very eccentric,” said Kamenetskaya.
It wasn’t until 2012 that the artist’s hobby turned into a profession. She largely credits her husband for helping her “to become a master.” Explained Kamenetskaya: “I didn’t believe in myself the way he [believed in me]. I’m never 100 percent satisfied with my work; I always think that it’s possible to do better with each new doll.”
Kamenetskaya also works as a makeup artist. However, when decorating dolls, she prefers to keep things natural (relatively speaking, anyways). “I don’t like when the new face of the doll is ideal and perfectly symmetrical, it makes it lifeless,” she said. “I always deliberately leave some flaw that may not be noticeable to everyone, but [gives] the doll invisible charisma. Perhaps, this flawed beauty is the message that my dolls carry.”
Scroll through her work below:
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