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Thursday, August 16, 2012

8 celebrities who look like dolls (without even trying)!

1. Amanda Seyfried
I first saw her in the movie Mean Girls, where she played the small role of Karen Smith, a not-so-smart yet nice blonde who never mistreated the main character (played by Lindsay Lohan) despite being one of the plastics. I didn’t know who Amanda Seyfried was at that time but I liked her in the movie since she was so funny and cute. The above is a picture of her when she dressed up as a mouse for Halloween in the movie.
While not smiling, Amanda almost doesn’t have fine lines around her mouth, making her cheeks a bit full without looking chubby at all. This makes her doll like, along with her full lips, doe-shaped eyes, and oval-shaped face. Hence, without even trying, she’s almost like a doll!
And she looked so much more like one when she wore a wig (short and with full bangs) in the movie “In Time”. Check it out the lovely picture below or see the movie on DVD!

2. Avril Lavigne
Okay, maybe this is a surprise for this list, you may think? Why Avril Lavigne? She may not be the girliest girl out there, but I have always thought she looks like a doll, not the cute young dolls type, but the adult Barbie doll. With really thick blonde hair and white skin, the doll favorite colors pink and green just look so awesome on her, be it for clothes or even for her hair! It actually seems so fun to dress her up.
And the size of her big doll-like eyes became more apparent in her music video “Wish You Were Here.” With extra big hair, big fully made-up eyes, and slightly pink (almost nude) lips, Avril was like a crying Barbie. You should try watching it on YouTube to get what I mean.

My take on Dakota Koti Ostrenga or KotaKoti, the "human barbie doll"

Who is Dakota Koti
When anyone googles images with the keywords “human barbie doll” or “real life barbie doll,” one of the photos would definitely be of American girl Dakota Ostrenga, whose webnames are also Dakota Koti and KotaKoti. Dakota keeps a blog at, where she uploads her pictures, and a YouTube channel, where she shares how-to videos on hairstyling, make up, and where she poses with her collection of cute doll-like outfits.

Her Fame in Japan
She has become famous in Japan because she has some of the features that some Asian girls love, such as light brown hair, big and light-colored eyes, and pale skin. Some Asian girls love coloring their hair from black to brown, red, or even blonde, which would look better if they go with lighter color eyes. Hence, some of them wear colored contact lenses to match their hair color. Some also use contact lenses to make their pupils look bigger, making their eyes livelier. As a caucasian, Dakota doesn’t need to color her hair brown because it already is naturally. She wouldn’t need colored contact lenses either. Of course, these features (brown hair and colored eyes) may be common for caucasians, but the nice thing about Dakota’s look is that the Asian Anime-ish styling, whether with hair or fashion, seems to look good on her. Not all caucasians could pull that off.

About Dakota’s Interview Video in Japan
With plus points that she could actually speak some Nihongo, Dakota’s internet fame has recently brought her to Japan. Although many TV shows and news stories all over the world have already featured her, her very first live interview was done in Japan. It’s now hard to look for the video of that interview because Dakota’s haters have started pinpointing how she looked different in the interview compared to her own uploaded pictures and videos. Dakota does not share the video anymore either. Some say that she deleted some scenes in the video before posting it.
I have personally seen the whole video of the interview. It’s noticeable that she may have some features that she isn’t satisfied with, such as jawline that still has baby fats. Like every girl, she may also have some angles that she doesn’t prefer, which made her conscious about the interview video. She may look different from her uploaded pictures, but overall, she was still pretty. Her cute sense of style was also noticeable as they took a video of her walking and looking at clothes in Japan.
This is also one of her shots in the video. I like this angle of her.
Unphotoshopped Photos of Dakota
Some anti-Dakota netizens have created the words kotashop, kotashopping, kotafied, and kotified because they feel that Dakota has edited her photos and even videos before uploading them. But she has pictures out there that were taken by other photographers. In some of these real photos, if you compare them with those that she has taken of herself and uploaded, she may look a bit conscious if you look closely at her eyes. She looks different, but I think she’s still pretty.

What Dakota is Good at: “Styling her Hair”
Whether or not she edited her face in her videos for visual enhancing as some people claim, I still like the hairstyles she has shared in her how-to videos. In fact, her hair is pretty, with its light texture, color, and straightness. There may be other Youtubers with more sophisticated or original styles or who are more professional even in styling other people, but I think that Dakota is good at fixing her own hair. She’s also lucky to have such manageable hair. Check out her hairstyles below. They can be a source of inspiration for styling yours, aren’t they?
Cute Fashion, Outfits
She has worked on a few videos about her outfits. They are all cute, doll-like, and anime-ish. Again, they can be a source of inspiration if you are looking for this kind of style. As you may have guessed, I like her pink outfit. I love the skirt on the last photo as well. You may have noticed that it’s usually the “socks” that make an outfit “doll-like” and “young”.

Dakota Koti for Korea’s Etude House
They even made her wear socks in the Etude House promotional photos. Yes, Korea recently got her as endorser. In my country Philippines, Etude House has also arrived with 2NE1′s Sandara or Dara Park as endorser. Sandara became first a famous actress here in the Philippines before she went back home to Korea to continue her career.
Below are photos of Dakota Koti for Etude. I do love her pink dress and shoes!

Like I’ve said, I ike this angle of her. And I think that Etude thinks the same, so they picked this photo.
This could’ve been a really cute photo, with that Etude basket. But it looks like she wasn’t ready for the shot, which makes her expression seem conscious, and her eyes seemed less confident. But maybe these photos aren’t the final promotional photos.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Trying out Blogger again!

Have you been to the old before? I used to blog there about radio, movies, media, anime, makeup, and cosplay, but I deleted it because I had moved to my new home at using Wordpress. I did get to backup most of my entries in the blog though, and I might put them up again after some cleanup. 

Are you a blogger too or do you have plans to blog? What platform are you currently using or you are thinking of using? Blogger or Wordpress? 

I wonder which one is better. Can you share with me your thoughts?

I've registered this blogger address again to see what's new with Blogger. Let's see how it goes. ^_^

Friday, November 5, 2010

Preview: Gothic Girl Costume

Gothic Girl Costume - for Cosplay - or Halloween - by Czari Flores
I know that this costume is too late for Halloween, but the character design is so challenging that there were times I couldn’t sleep without drawing the character’s costume, accessories, and props, while figuring out how I could create something like those. Last Wednesday this week then, I bought the materials needed and began making and sewing the costume at that night. It’s almost done now.
Can you guess what character it is? ^_^

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My sister will cosplay Nanami Konoe

Anime Lamune - Nanami Konoe - Costume
My sister’s costume looks so great and I’m excited to see her wearing it. This will be her second time to cosplay in an event. She’ll be dressing up asNanami Konoe from the anime Lamune. If you are interesting in having a similar costume as this, you may order from me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Meet the 3 Mari Illustrious Makinami cosplayers – uniform, green, and pink plug suit

Mari Illustrious Makinami Cosplay - uniform - green - pink - drama - stairs
We don’t see many cosplaying Mari Illustrious Makinami (from the movie Evangelion:2.0). Maybe because she’s not that known yet since she only appeared in the series’ movie. In other countries outside the Philippines, some would cosplay her but it’s usually only in uniform instead of her plug suits. And that’s probably because it’s the easiest among her three costumes. In the Philippines, there aren’t many cosplayers of her either. It was a great surprise then when three cosplayers of Mari in three different costumes suddenly met at a convention last October 2010. And to think that we three didn’t plan it at all!
Among the three costumes, I like the pink plug suit the most because of the design and because it’s my favorite color. When my mom saw an anime photo of Mari in pink, she thought that it looked so much like me and encouraged me to have it made and wear it in the big convention in October. I was hesitant because there were only a few days left and I wanted to create the costume on my own instead of having it done by a tailor. But mom insisted that my skills aren’t ready yet for creating a plugsuit.
The costume was created then! I didn’t get to sleep the night before the event because of preparing the costume (such as making the headband, the eyeglasses, the gray buttons, the red circles, the battery pack on the back, and the shoes). I had a Make Me Up™ booth on that convention too and I had to prepare a lot of things for it .
I didn’t get to sleep and was so tired, to the point that I felt like I really looked so haggard in the costume!
But no matter how I looked, I didn’t regret being there in the event and being there in my costume, because if I weren’t there the three (3) Mari Illustrious Makinami wouldn’t have been complete! On that day, the famous Filipina cosplayer Jin Joson cosplayed as Mari in uniform. On the other hand, Pocky endorser Jen Ching cosplayed as Mari in green plug suit. And I, Czari Flores, just someone who really loves pink, cosplayed as Mari in pink plug suit. It was the first time I got to meet the two of them.
Here are some photos:
Jin Joson as Mari in uniform,
Czari Flores as Mari in pink,
and Jen Ching as Mari in green
When Jin first came up to me at the event to take a closer look at my costume and to meet me, she looked so familiar but it was the first time I met her. After the event when I looked up her name on the Internet I found out then that she was the famous Filipina cosplayer at DeviantArt. She’s known for cosplaying male characters. ^_^
When I got to meet Jen Ching in her green plug suit, the first thing I did was take a look at what material she used. It was leatherette and I think that it was appropriate for her costume. I was curious so I asked her, “Why did you choose the green plug suit instead of the pink?” And she answered, “It’s a gift to me.” Good thing that the giver chose the green then. Otherwise, the three costumes wouldn’t have been complete! ^_^
Jin’s photographer friends invited us three for an impromptu photo shoot before the sun set.
These costumes and props were created by Filipinos.
The photographers who took these photos are Filipinos.
These three models are Filipinos.
Don’t these make you proud to be a Filipino? Hehe ^_^
Mari Illustrious Makinami in Uniform: Jin Joson
Mari Illustrious Makinami in Green Plug Suit: Jen Ching
Mari Illustrious Makinami in Pink Plug Suit: Czari Flores (me)

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