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5:08 pm - 06/27/2013

New doll on the streets: British woman spends hundreds on make-up & hours to become anime doll

While most girls dream of becoming princesses when they grow up, 20 year old Katie Lawrence from Camberwell, London is actually trying to live that dream. Well, almost. She spends three hours a day on make-up alone to look like an exact replica of different Japanese anime characters.

Lawrence is a big fan of Japanese culture and video games, and she spends hours just pouring over them to get that look right. She also scours London markets for unusual outfits that will match her exaggerated make-up, and make her look like an artificial but life-like doll. Aside from that, she also has various facial piercings because even if she is imitating the anime characters, she also still wants to add her individuality. To go one step further, she plans to have surgery someday to get elf-like ears. As for other “real-life dolls,” like Valeria Lukyanova and Anastasiya Shpagina, she thinks they took the most “boring” parts of anime culture to adapt as their look.

Even if she takes a painstaking three hours to put together her look, and spends around 300 dollars a month on make-up, she doesn’t mind it. When strangers stare at her, or ask to take a picture with her, she doesn’t mind at all, even though she doesn’t do it for the attention. “Dressing like this makes me happy and I wouldn’t change it for anyone,” Katie adds. She has set up her own YouTube channel, Iska Ithil, and shares tips on how to achieve her look to her 10,000 followers.

The art student spends hours studying Japanese culture and video games which inspire her look. Katie scours London markets for outfits which she wears with exaggerated makeup to give her an artificial appearance. Speaking about her intriguing hobby, she said: 'When I walk down the street dressed like this people do a double take - some even ask to have their picture taken with me.

'I love the doll-like wide eyes that the animations have. l spend ages putting in circle lenses and two sets of false eyelashes to get the look.

'But it’s important to me to look individual too, and that’s where my piercings come in.

'It can take up to three hours to do my makeup, but I don’t mind. I wouldn’t be me without my makeup.'

Katie’s makeup addiction began when she was 11, when her mother Jill Lawrence, 54, introduced her to lipgloss. But Katie, who went to strict private school King’s in Worcester where she grew up, wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in the classroom. It wasn’t until Katie left school that she felt she could finally be herself.

Katie said: 'Even though I was bullied at school for being individual, I never wanted to conform.

'Dressing like this makes me happy and I wouldn’t change it for anyone. Even if I’m just going to the shops, I’ll always wear something flamboyant - it’s part of who I am. I don’t think that enough young people experiment with their style, so I hope I can be an inspiration.'

After leaving school Katie created her own YouTube channel Iska Ithil to show her 10,000 followers how to achieve her look. She said: 'It was brilliant being recognised by people who liked my look, instead of being teased.' Katie admits she owes her confidence to her mother who has always supported the way she dresses. She said: 'I was really lucky that my mum let me dress like this from a young age. Now I don’t even think twice about what people think about me because I’ve always been told it’s OK to look how I do by my own mother.

^ 17 year old Katie

'There are so many people around the world who can’t dress how they want - I’m quite grateful about being able to express myself. I have a friend in Latvia who dresses like a goth but people think she is Satanic.'
Katie’s mum said: 'I love the way Katie dresses, I find it fascinating because it’s just so alien to my world. There’s always a risk that people will misinterpret it, but that’s not a reason to stop doing it. I think it’s important to let children be anyone who they want and explore different ways of living.'

But as well as being a way of expressing her creative side, Katie says her doll-like appearance often attracts attention from the opposite sex.

source, Daily Mail
a_grumble_cake 27th-Jun-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
3 hours a day is excessive but it doesn't seem like she's trying to hide her real face or her "process" like some other girls who do that sort of thing. It seems more like playing dressup than trying to actually be an anime character.
avex_girl 27th-Jun-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
She is actually cute both ways and isn't too freaky and hard on the eyes.
vickyblueeyez 27th-Jun-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I really like that black and white coat.
dareka 27th-Jun-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
her bridge piercing looks crooked.
singlouder 27th-Jun-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
There are other women who spend that much money and time on their appearance, but since they do it in pursuit of a more conventional look it doesn't become a news story. This just feels like a news site that got lots of hits from stories about Venus Angelic, Valeria Lukyanova, and Anastasiya Shpagina, and now they want more.
liime_arix 27th-Jun-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Well the original source is the Daily Mail so let that be your guide.
glider 27th-Jun-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Whatever makes a person happy tbh

edit: Actually, considering it now, why does she wear her bottom lashes so low? I know it's to create the illusion of larger eyes but I feel it only works if they're slightly lowered a little, like down around the corners or something. Doing it this way doesn't quite work imo.

Edited at 2013-06-28 12:00 am (UTC)
liime_arix 28th-Jun-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
The eye thing is a big pet peeve of mine. I see so much girls into Japanese fashion and it looks so wrong to me.

mecha_danger 28th-Jun-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
It really only works in like a photo shot from far away and glanced at quickly imo, it's definitely an interesting technique but looks extremely disconcerting in person
glider 28th-Jun-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I prefer the more subtle techniques I've seen tbh, like the brown eyeliner/eyeshadow smudging on the corners to kind of add dimension and whatnot. That close-up there looks kinda terrible, the only thing I like are the falsies.
liime_arix 28th-Jun-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
That hurt lol. Though with Anastasiya, she got better with it. Though her nose contouring is scary irl. /Anastasiya fangirl

It generally doesn't look good on people. Worst yet when you see people with darker skin do it, it looks so off. Like beyond off, ide...I can't with it.
bessydevlin 28th-Jun-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
aww in and out of makeup she looks so cute.
I love her colors in her hair. I wish I was confident to lead life like this sometimes.
kareru 28th-Jun-2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhh I've been following her on Youtube for a while now, but I had no idea she was a lolita too! <3

I think she's really gorgeous (few people pull off shaved eyebrows), and I'm absolutely in love with this look of hers:
abeybey 28th-Jun-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
wow, she's really gorgeous. she has really great features. she uses that eyeshadow applicator like such a pro and pulls off this look nicely.
inachan89 28th-Jun-2013 11:06 am (UTC)
she really does!!
shirasaki07 28th-Jun-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
she's cute. but I wish she didn't had those unnecessary piercings on her face. I find it creepy.
jia_zhang 28th-Jun-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
She looks like some evil kawaii clown from my nightmares who's going to gut me and eat my liver. O_O This is in no way cute at all. The eyes. Omg. Just no.
maffinoyobiai 28th-Jun-2013 06:02 am (UTC)
idk I got the feeling this wasn't for look purposes, just something she enjoys doing, one of many ways to express herself. I didn't read any lack of "wellbeing, emotional and spiritual health" tbh, I would think of that more with Valeria and them.
cuizy 28th-Jun-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Well she is an art student after all..... Their whole career is in making pretty thinGs
gigabytexx 28th-Jun-2013 05:12 am (UTC)
I know it's people choices or whatever I just wanna rant a bit: Why do certain people who are already look super good when they're wearing less/no make up (fuck she has a gorgeous smile, a smile cant be altered by any make up imo) wanting to polish their face more & cover up their natural beauty? Because omg that piercings on her cheek :(
minka_g 28th-Jun-2013 06:31 am (UTC)
I am all for self-expression but this stuff baffles me.

I want to know what the hell these people do with themselves and how they can afford all that makeup and surgery. Ok, this one is an art student; all the art students I know are broke and can hardly afford to wash their hair.

And what do they do when they get older? She's not going to get a job in any company or anything if her art career doesn't take off. Is she hoping that articles like this will boost her celebrity status? But even then, looks fade, things go out of trend... how is it stable? How do these people survive?

And then I have to question; is it really self expression when you're basing yourself off pop culture, when you admit to studying something so much that you can replicate it? That's not 'self expression'. That's deluding yourself into thinking that you're something you're not while giving yourself over to your own wild fantasies. And in a way, that's kinda mentally unhealthy.

Actually, yes, now that I've ranted, clearly this bugs me. End rant.
wheresthepaper 28th-Jun-2013 10:55 am (UTC)
I was cringing as I read the comments thinking I was the only one who felt this way. It's nice to see someone else who agrees. Perfect comment, imo.
taecish 28th-Jun-2013 06:51 am (UTC)
her piercings are tragic
wheresthepaper 28th-Jun-2013 10:57 am (UTC)
Personally, I thought she looked better at 17, with no piercings and less makeup. She actually has a gorgeous face, but she hides it under layers and layers of makeup. I think the piercings really detract from the natural beauty of her face, as well.

There's loads more I could say, (I could write a good three page rant on this), but another commenter already said everything I was thinking.
cleotine 28th-Jun-2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Woah, she's 20? Sorry to say so, but she looks at least 10 years older with all that make-up... Also, where Japanese girls look like dolls, she looks... wrong. There's nothing doll-like or breakable or cute. To me she just looks like a 30-something with way too much make-up.
Without make-up she's far prettier and cuter; imo she should stick with that. But if she wants to...
doramaonna 28th-Jun-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
300 dollars on make up, every month... *faint* She looks great but, damn, that is little too much IMHO!
solarplexis 28th-Jun-2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
I love how supportive her mom is about how she dresses. I'd love to have supportive parents when it comes to wearing an alternative fashion. I wear lolita, and only about once to twice a month, and my parents can't stand it.

On another note, she's very pretty. Both before and now.
harustyle 28th-Jun-2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
her face in the last pic → life goals
pandapaw 28th-Jun-2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
that coat
bless her
i have a pink one of the black coat she is wearing i was insulted on the street by a 50 yr old woman asking me how much it was and then saying how horrible it looks on me and that the people i bought it from should of payed me to wear it.

i have never put it on since.

if she wants to be like this then let her everyone is different, you need the confidence to do it and i dident have it.
kyotopunk 28th-Jun-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
If you take out the piercings isn't just a run of the mill Lolita? How is that article worthy?
calzonazos 28th-Jun-2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
if that's what makes her happy, let her be idc
but, did she really have to throw shade at the other two girls? that threw me off
zydratee 28th-Jun-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
I followed her on tumblr and I don't think she really got into this look in particular until the past year. She seems nice enough, and she pulls it off pretty well.
xxpopopxx 30th-Jun-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
Where do these people get all the time and money from to spend on this shit?? I mean does she work? Dressed like that ?
massutegone 23rd-Jul-2013 09:40 am (UTC)
I think she is cute even before she use those make-ups,, i respect her a lot by being herself eventhough it's not being welcomed by the world. Hats down!!!
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