Every now and then, we bear witness to an invention that blurs the line between reality and fiction and pushes us to believe in a more magical world. Lulu Hashimoto is the very first human doll in existence. She was designed and produced by Hitomi Komaki, a Japanese fashion designer. Lulu is basically a full bodysuit, including a mask, wig, and stockings that a person wears to transform into a doll.
What’s The Buzz About Lulu Hashimoto All About?
Often described as a living doll, Lulu is able to change hairstyles, eye color, and even alter her height to fit the requirements of anyone who wants to wear her as a costume or use her as a model.
Since Lulu made her debut in 2016, she has been making waves in the Japanese fashion and subculture scene, and beyond. Many people have marveled at how realistic Lulu Hashimoto is and wondered how such a creation is even possible.
Lulu has been taking the fashion industry by storm as a model. She has walked the runway for a couple of brands, done photoshoots for others, and is set to break into the entertainment industry by starring in music videos and films.
Fascinating Facts To Know About The Real-life Human Doll
Here are some fascinating facts about Lulu Hashimoto that will tell you everything there is to know about the human doll:
1. There is only one Lulu bodysuit in existence and the identity of the person inside the doll at any time is kept a secret. However, a good number of highly influential people like designers, dancers, and models have worn the costume.
2. Lulu’s stockings were created by another fashion designer named Koh Ueno. He airbrushed doll-like joints on the material to make the doll more realistic, but also allow the person inside to be able to move about freely. The designer wants to see women wear these stockings and become transformed like Lulu. He wants them to become artificial, otherworldly, and experience the extraordinary.
3. Hitomi Komaki, Lulu’s creator said that many people call her project a fetish, but to her, it’s not a fetish at all, it’s just fashion. She has always been fascinated by dolls since she was a little girl and considers them to be the epitome of cuteness. She simply wanted to create a doll that looked and moved like a human so Lulu Hashimoto was born.
4. Lulu has gained an army of fans and admirers since her debut. She has tens of thousands of followers on her Instagram and Twitter page. Whenever she hosts an event, people turn out in droves, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ethereal human doll.
5. Shortly after her July 2016 debut, Lulu participated in the annual Miss iD beauty pageant, where she was selected as one of the 134 semi-finalists chosen from about 4000 participants. The Miss iD pageant also included non-human contestants and three-dimensional characters created by artificial intelligence and computer graphics.
6. Dressing up as a mascot is a very popular art form in Japan known as Kigurumi, but Lulu Hashimoto took it to a new level because her costume lets you look like a doll and human being at the same time.
7. Like most dolls, Lulu does not speak because this would shatter the barrier between reality and fiction. Her creators want people to see her as a doll-like character, not as a human being, so she has no voice. The human doll can only express herself through gestures and fashion.
8. Lulu’s outfits were designed based on Harajuku-Kei fashion. It is progressive and strays away from mainstream fashion. It ignores the standard ideals and norms on how to be normal, what you can do or not do, or how to attract male attention. It’s focused on creating styles that each person can find a sense of freedom and beauty in.
9. Lulu’s creator hopes that more human-dolls would be designed and produced so regular people can afford to buy one and become a doll. People wear nice clothes and put on false eyelashes to become cuter; wearing a Lulu costume is pretty much the same thing.
10. Lulu often takes a walk and poses on the streets of Tokyo to the delight, amazement, and horror of many citizens, some of whom stop to take a picture with her.