Updated 26 March 2018

‘I hate it when too many people stare at me’ – Student reveals what it’s like living as a doll

She loves dolls so much so that she decided to look like one.

Alice Hochfeidt, from South London, enjoys slipping into her doll character every other weekend in the comfort of her own home.

The student has been preoccupied with her transformation since she was just 13 years old, and after years of perfecting her look she now has more than 23 000 followers on Instagram.

“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,” Alice says.

“During the weekend I spend my time turning into a doll taking photos and editing photos. Or relaxing with my boyfriend.

“My first attempts were so horrible, I looked so stupid.”

The social media influencer, who currently lives in Germany, says her look often attracts the wrong kind of attention, which makes her uncomfortable at times.

“I hate it when too many people stare at me,” Alice says. “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.

“I’ve 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 learnt that if you choose to present yourself publicly then you have to accept that you’ll get all opinions good and bad and you just can't take the negative things to heart.”

Alice, who’s admitted to trying to perfect her look for years now, says she’s obsessed with her doll look.

“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,” she says.

The intricate details of each doll outfit and make-up takes her three hours to apply and she spends around £70 (R1 155) on her wigs alone.

“All I did was collect wigs, clothes, circle lenses, make-up, photography equipment over years,” the student says.

Alice hopes to inspire other people to embrace their unique looks.

“People need to learn that the amount of beauty isn’t changed by editing or make-up. It’s still the same person and they’re still just as beautiful no matter how they wish to present themselves.

“Just because someone chooses to wear make-up doesn't mean they're less beautiful without it.”

Source: Magazine Features