- Silicone models often have a metal or PVC skeleton and can have interchangeable faces to alter their ‘moods’
- Other owners prefer softer ‘teddy babes’ which have velour skin and are used for cuddling up to
With their long glossy hair, heavy make-up and perfect skin, at first glance these glamourous women appear to make the perfect companions.
But look a little closer and their vacant stares give away the fact that they are in fact astonishingly realistic silicone love dolls, which sell for upwards of £1,000.
Their owners, who enjoy long-term relationships with the dolls, were captured on camera by Copenhagen-based photojournalist Benita Marcussen, who approached the men via online forums – one of the only places where many of them can be open about their dolls – and spent nearly a year gaining their trust before photographing them for her series Men & Dolls.
For some of the owners, the life-sized dolls are their sole companion, others are married with children, and in a few cases the dolls have filled the space left by lost loved ones following death or divorce.