So, I thought long and hard about what doll I could post about for my 50th Lea post – I wanted it to be special (ALL Leas are special, but you know, extra specially special). So I decided on my first custom Lea, rerooted and repainted by the wonderful That Foxy Bisssh, otherwise known as Constantinos Kalaitzis (find him on Instagram: @thatfoxybisssh). I’ve followed his work and admired his repaints for a long time, so I was so pleased when he set up an Etsy shop (here) and I knew it would just be a matter of time before I made a purchase.
Actually, it was Mr Bat who made the purchase. Rae was one of my Christmas presents this year (he might have been gently nudged in the right direction though). Today, I rebodied her onto a Made To Move Lea and I think she looks just right. Here she is:
I’ve done a few (mostly dodgy) repaints myself, but I never bought anybody else’s repainted dolls before. For starters, they are usually beyond my budget. For seconds, I love to look at detailed, photo-realistic repaints but I’m not usually interested in buying them, because it’s hard to mix them in with Mattel-painted dolls and have them look right. I kind of like my Barbies to look like Barbies, you know? For me, Con’s customs get the balance just right – his repaints are stylised and can sit on the shelf next to Mattel dolls without looking odd, but they are beautiful and original with a distinctive style of their own.
I love her hair, too, which kind of feels like embroidery thread. I particularly like how easy it is to style her in all kinds of crazy fun ways:
I’m so glad that we snapped her up when we did, she photographs like a dream and I’m impressed with the quality of this repaint. So impressed, in fact, that I’ve just ordered another Foxy Lady. I highly recommend having a look around Con’s shop, his prices are reasonable and he has some great dolls in stock.