Dollers have existed for about 20 years, and most of these people that dress in suffocating plastic doll heads are men. But one woman who is into the practice opened up about the practice, about her gear and the life of a doller.
Do you consider yourself a “doller” or a “cosplayer?”
I like to think myself as a kigurumist [from kigurumi, costume] because I don’t only dress up as two-dimensional beautiful girls. I also dress up as fairies, furry animals and monsters too. I think that dollers dress up as dolls as an extension of cosplay and I don’t want to be categorized as a doller or a cosplayer because I don’t put on an act. I don’t change my character or personality to match my kigurumi as others do.
What have you got on your head?
It’s a mask that covers the whole head. You can try it on. I also wear full-body tights beneath my outfit to cover my skin from head to toe and prevent my dress from wrinkling. But it’s a hassle when going to the toilet, so I try not to drink too much before and during photo shoots.
[Trying on the mask] Wow! You can hardly see or breathe properly with this mask on.
Yes, you could suffocate if you wore it for too long and you can hardly see where you are going. But I don’t mind being led by the hand, usually by photographers. What’s important is I can become something on the borderline between human beings and dolls. I like the idea of existing somewhere between the 2-D and 3-D worlds.
Why wear a mask when you’re so pretty?
I must admit, I think I’m the cutest girl in the world. But I want to keep on pursuing beauty.
Where do you order them and how many masks do you own?
There are many companies that make the masks, but I order mine from Nukopan. I own about ten and I am getting more.