When I was a young girl, friends and family constantly showered me with brand new dolls. I remember at only five years old I loved pretending I was a mother to my toys and couldn't wait until the day I had own children.
I eventually grew out of that phase and didn't look at another doll until my daughter was born, which was a whopping 25 years later!
However, some people keep their dolls throughout their lives, as they hold sentimental value that they'll keep dear for the rest of their lives.
Sometimes people can take their love for their belongings to all new heights. One California woman has proven her passion for dolls extended far beyond a collector's treasured assortment by deciding to make her own her own.
But, these aren't your ordinary dolls.
Stephanie Ortiz, 33, has been collecting dolls since she was a young girl.
She decided to join the Reborn community four years ago, and began making strikingly life-like dolls as a hobby. Unfortunately, Ortiz was laid off at her job as a manager at a landscaping company last year, but she decided to take the chance and turn her passion into a full-time career.
She became a Reborn artist and has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in this niche community of women who like to collect and role-play with these dolls.
“I never thought I’d become a sought-after artist,” Ortiz said. “I was at a doll show recently and people came up to me crying. I didn’t even know what to say.”
While these dolls are pieces of art, Ortiz said they take a painstaking amount of time to make.