By Tom Seymour
Bought and collected mostly (but not exclusively) by women, ‘reborn’ babies are dolls made to look uncannily real.
It’s a subject that is often sensationalised within the media, says Annabel May Oakley-Watson, who has spent months exploring the phenomenon for her final-year project
Her curiosity led her to the ‘mothers’ and their stories. “It’s such a secret world, but I wanted to provide it with positive, not negative, exposure.”
Made from vinyl or silicon, the dolls are usually handcrafted, produced to the point where they are almost indistinguishable from real babies.
Costing anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands, they weigh …read more