2 Girls 1 Podcast REBORNS

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The internet is obsessed with hyper-realistic baby dolls called Reborns

The real goo goo dolls.


Matt Silverman


Posted on Sep 23, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:07 am CDT

Reborns are baby dolls with hyper-realistic features. So real, in fact, that bringing them out in public will often fool strangers into thinking they’re flesh and blood, even upon close examination.

There’s a passionate online community of artists and collectors who fawn over these dolls, which treads right through the Uncanny Valley. Why?

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk with Reborn artist and YouTuber Stephanie Ortiz about the appeal of realistic dolls, her meticulous crafting process, their therapeutic uses, and why the internet is obsessed with her videos of the dolls in public–one of which has reached nearly 30 million views.

Listen to episode 102 of #2G1P right here:

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*First Published: Sep 23, 2019, 4:10 pm CDT