Lifelike Dolls Take the Stage at 'Anderson'
"Anderson" welcomed "Reborners" -- people who create lifelike infant dolls called "Reborns", and examined the unique hobby and passion for these "babies." Among the guests was Marilyn, who is not only a collector, but also makes and sells the expensive dolls, ranging from a few hundred toseven thousand dollars. Marilyn, who is a mother to three children, says she enjoys the hobby and appreciates "Reborns" as "works of art."
When Marilyn takes the dolls in public, she puts them in a stroller, but says, "I'm not doing it for the shock value, I'm doing it because it makes me feel comfortable. I'm just minding my own business, but if someone comes over and says, 'Oh, your baby's so cute,' I tell them, 'It's a doll,' and they say, 'Yeah, she is a doll,' like, she's cute. But I'm like, 'No, it's a doll.'"
Psychologist and author Dr. Michelle Callahan expressed her concern for women who are overly dependent on this hobby. "Sometimes, mothers who can't have children, or who have lost children, often adopt them, so when you start to gain an attachment to a baby doll as opposed to a real baby that you are missing over time, that's a very unhealthy attachment."
Another guest on the show, Lynn, was featured on TLC's "My Crazy Obsession," and has created and collected more than 1,800 baby dolls. Watch the incredible footage of her home filledwith a platoon of "Reborns."
Click below to see a complete gallery of "Reborns."