American BJD Mirror

Name: American BJD Mirror in Cocoa Complexion

Made by and When: Paulette Goodreau, LLC; 2008

Material: Vinyl with multiple ball joints

Marks: (Head) 02

Height: 16 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Bald with removable skull cap to access eye cavity; brown removable eyes, upper eyelashes, lavender eyeshadow; closed mouth

Clothes: White teddy

Other: A BJD or ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the abbreviations BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. Unlike the doll in this installation, most BJDs are cast in resin. (Wikipedia)

This ball-jointed doll uses Goodreau’s Secret sculpt in cocoa skin tone. It was marketed as the first African American ball-jointed doll made in any medium by any company. Jointed at the neck, under the breasts, shoulders, elbows, wrists, upper legs, knees, and ankles, Mirror has a removal skull cap for changing the eyes, which are set with eye putty. Mirror is anatomically correct. An assortment of wigs, eyes, clothing, shoes and other accessories were made for the American BJDs by Goodreau Doll, LLC. This doll can also wear size 6/7 wigs made by other wig makers and clothing made for slender 16-inch dolls. Teen Trends clothing and shoes are a good fit, as illustrated in gallery photographs 6-9.

The advantage of owning contemporary BJDs is the ability to change the dolls’ appearance. Collectors feel a sense of owning a new doll without the added expense when the wig is changed, the eyes are changed to a different color, and the clothing and shoes are changed.



Ball-Jointed Doll


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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