When I started thinking about getting a one of a kind Barbie, I contacted a few artists, but the one that impressed me was Betty, the artist behind All the Little Dolls. I peppered her with questions and example photos, as I had a very specific look in mind for my first, custom Barbie.
Because she is the expert, I left it in her hands which doll she felt would give the best result; she chose an Asian made to move Barbie for the combination of beautiful black hair and fair skin. Then, through what I can only imagine is some kind of magic spell involving watercolors, she brilliantly created Eve’s lifelike appearance.
Betty also happens to be a talented seamstress, and she painstakingly created a detailed costume; I featured it here in my very first post, which not-so-coincidentally fell on my favorite holiday: Halloween.
Throughout the creative process, Betty sent me progress pictures and updates, so by the time the package arrived, I felt like a kid at Christmas. After completely shredding the shipping box, and getting my first look at Eve, she sparked my imagination and re-ignited my passion for Barbie.
She’s a gorgeous doll, she has an ample wardrobe—and great taste, if I do say so myself—and I wanted to share her with the world, so why not make a blog? Hopefully there are folks out there who might appreciate my particular brand of strange, but if not, at least I’m having fun.
All I needed at this point was a name. Mary Poppins from the Disney film of the same name (1964) famously described herself as “Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way.” A little on the narcissistic side, sure, but it was absolutely charming, and it inspired the name: “Plastically Perfect”. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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