For the month of May I am going to feature my series on the Asian mannequins that Rootstein produced.
Rootstein made several Asian female mannequins and I believe all of them were of Japanese descent. And most of them were half Japanese and half Anglo.
This is from Eimi Kuroda from Eimi and Ana Series which was released in 2004. I can’t find anything about the real life Eimi, so if you have some info please share it here.
The photo above is one of the Eimi mannequins we had for sale that we acquired from a retailer in Vegas. If you look at the photo of the real life Eimi and compare that with the mannequin version, it seems as if they widened her eyes. And they made her eyes a lighter shade of brown.
Is this the Asian version equivalent of what they do to African American mannequins? With African American mannequins they paint them in a light light brown color so that they look more Anglo than African.
Before you call me paranoid or overly sensitive, just observe. Mannequins are considered an object of desire and fantasy. And just like real like models, there is a strong Eurocentric influence on what is considered beautiful.
If you go to an Asian or African country today, the mannequins you see in the store window are overwhelming Anglo. They do not reflect the beauty of the population they are serving, but instead Anglo or as close to Anglo that you can get is considered beautiful. Just Saying.
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