Marcus Baby and his dolls
|Born||Marcus Vinicius da Silva Bernardo
November 23, 1969
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Marcus Vinícius da Silva Bernardo, best known by his nickname Marcus Baby, is a Brazilian "plastic artist." In the 1990s he decided to create his own sculptures using child dolls and action figures (such as Barbie) as a base.
In November 2005, he started creating dolls in the likeness of celebrities. These dolls, which are not for sale, are displayed on his website. The first doll to attract media attention was a wheelchair doll, inspired by a character from Viver a Vida, a well-known Brazilian telenovela. He also made news when he refused to sell a doll he had created in the likeness of Hebe Camargo.
His doll of Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, was released right after her January 2011 inauguration. Affectionately dubbed "Barbie Dilma," it has become the best-known of his dolls.
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