A side outcome of my trip to San Francisco with the Samsung Imagelogger team was my introduction into the work of KPop and Hong Kong popular culture. Since you all know I'm a huge dork when it comes to what is COOL AND POPULAR, I glommed onto my new bestie, Hong Kong photographer Kar Hoo Chow, for a crash course on all things popular in Asia. This week, I'm going to school you on all that I learned. Because, really? It's so amazingly fun.
Lesson 2: How to look like a "Ball Jointed Doll"
So, as we discussed yesterday, looking cute is something girls strive for in Asian pop culture. And is there anything cuter than a doll? Well, maybe don't answer that. But apparently there is some need to dress up like the famous "BJD" or "Ball Jointed Doll."
A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China. The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 60 centimetres (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (16 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs. BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are made to be easy to customize, by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.
So how does a girl do her make-up just right to get this famous "doll look?" Well, once again we take to YouTube for a step-by-step tutorial.
Quite honestly, I found this video amazing. Did you see how doll like she looked at the end? I mean, homegirl has it down. That was IMPRESSIVE.
And with 8,187,906 hits - she has obviously helped many people with their doll like fantasies.