By Liana Jacob
MEET the shy British student with anxiety who shuns the outside world in favour of living privately as a doll at home.
The social media sensation, Alice Hochfeidt, from South London, UK, enjoys slipping into her doll characters every other weekend and prefers to be alone.
She has been fascinated with the transformation since she was just 13-years-old, and after years of perfecting her look, she has now attracted over 22,000 followers on Instagram.
Currently living in Germany, she says that her look can attract the wrong sort of attention, and this makes her uncomfortable.
“I hate it when too many people stare at me. I’m a very antisocial person and can’t take the attention. Where I live in Germany people are very old fashioned. You barely even see people with coloured hair. You get treated like a freak,” she said.
“I got a carefree attitude. Over time all the hate gave me a thick skin. Now it just bounces off me when people bully me or make insulting comments.
“I’ve learned that if you choose to present yourself publicly then you have to accept that you will get all opinions good and bad and you just can’t take the negative things to heart.
“I get a lot of hate. So many mean comments. So many people filled with just pure hate or disgust when seeing me.
“People stay away from me because they dislike my addiction to look like a doll. Also, I get a lot of judgment and people assuming things for example that I’m stupid because I look this way.”
She explained how living as a very private doll affects her lifestyle.
“I enjoy slipping into the role of a doll every other weekend. I live alone in a small flat. And don’t really socialise. I like being alone,” she said.
“During the weekend I spend my time turning into a doll taking photos and editing photos. Or relaxing with my boyfriend.
“My first attempts we’re so horrible, I looked so stupid.
“All I had was a pair of circle lenses and very little cheap rubbish makeup. But I guess that’s how I’ve improved because I’ve been trying for years.
“I’m just obsessed with trying to achieve the perfect ‘doll’ look. It just makes me really happy and I enjoy working on it.
“I’m really proud and happy when I create something new. I’ve asked myself many times why I do it. I don’t go out in public in my doll role unless it’s a certain event.”
The intricate details of each doll outfit and makeup takes her three hours to apply and spends around 45 to 70 pounds on her wigs alone.
“All I did was collect wigs, clothes, circle lenses, makeup, photography equipment over years. Wigs are all around 50 to 80 euros, while circle lenses cost around 30 euros? But I get most of my stuff free from shops that I promote,” she said.
“People need to learn that the amount of beauty is not changed by editing or makeup. It is still the same person and they are still just as beautiful no matter how they wish to present themselves.
“Just because someone chooses to wear makeup doesn’t mean there less beautiful without it. The amount of beauty does not change.”
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