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

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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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.