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I've long had a fascination with the Japanese art of the doll. If you haven't researched Super Dolfies yet, you should! These are anime-esque dolls of gorgeous make and amazing wardrobes, and the owners create elaborate doll tableaux and photo stories about their adventures.
It didn't occur to me that you could BECOME a doll in SL until I met Subversive Vavoom. She is at the center of the SL doll community, and owns a shop for SL dollies called All Dolled uP. Yesterday, I picked up a starter doll kit from her shop (including skin, shape, hair, and an adorable dress) that she created to introduce people to this culture.
The box included a note card that read in part:
"Welcome to SL's doll subculture, or as i like to call it, a community. We come in all shapes and sizes, wear lots of different clothes, and behave in all sorts of ways. There is *no one* right way to be a doll. It's up to you or your owner to decide.
"Want to meet some dolls? Join Clockwork Hearts. We are a PG rated group, meaning we use the group to simply introduce ourselves, conversate and discuss events. We'd love to get to know you so please say hello. Below the store is The Clockwork Cafe, which is open to anyone, doll or otherwise, at all times. It's a safe and excellent way to meet people." (Words from Subversive Vavoom!)
I was immediately struck by the cuteness of the shape and form. It reminded me of Sara Crewe and her one beautiful doll, her favorite doll, the friend that never left her through thick and thin. (And yes, I have a small fixation with Sara Crewe.)
Did I mention that the doll avatar kit and Violet Voltaire jewelry are dollarbies on the second floor of Subversive's shop? (In the room to the right at the top of the stairs.) Do stay and browse, however. The shop is worth it!
***Hair: Darkstar Designs ::ZoeyV2-Black-
***Skin and shape: ~All Dolled uP~ Doll Avatar Kit [This comes with a cute pink dress and blond hair too, as well as an instructive notecard about SL doll subculture] -- Store promotion dollarbie
***Dolly key: ::Violet Voltaire:: Dollie Jewelry Set -- Store promotion dollarbie
***Socks: (Shiny Things) knit knee socks red
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui ankle boots in black leather