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Lady Iyah is 14.5” tall and made of pigmented high quality resin. She is painted dark chocolate and blushed with rosy and deep brown pigments to produce a beautifully flesh-like finish. She is a mixed media sculpture and a ball jointed doll (BJD). Her body is made of 20 segments featuring realistic details like carefully sculpted lines on the palms of her hands and fingers. The artist does not sensor her body by removing nipples or vulva. Lady Iyah is very poseable; she can sit up straight, cross her legs and has a human-like range of motion

Lady Iyah
Art Doll with Natural Hair Rasta DreadlocksBJD Doll with Natural Hair Rasta Dreadlocks

These are the first three dolls made by Nadia Francis. When Nadia started The Black Doll Project it took 2 years of learning, experimentation, trial and error to produce the 1st ball jointed dolls (BJD). The first doll was of caramel complexion and featured a pregnant belly that detached to reveal a baby and gold spoon inside. After the first doll she made a dark chocolate and a honey complexion doll. She made a variety of wigs for the dolls out of human hair, human locks, wool, yarn and synthetic hair. She made clothes out of batik, kente and ankara fabrics. The dark chocolate doll was dressed in a black and gold top, kente bottom and black gold and kente shoes.

First Ladies (BJD)