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living doll, a

An extremely nice person, amiable and generous. Why a child’s toy should be chosen for this metaphor is not known. Doll alone has meant a young and attractive woman since the mid-1800s, as in Frank Loesser’s hit musical comedy Guys and Dolls (1950). However, the current usage, dating from the 1940s, is applied to individuals of either sex and any age.
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Meet Anastasiya Shpagina: A Ukrainian anime lover who spends hours a day to transform herself into a living doll, just like her friend, Valeria Lukyanova, and the infamous Dakota Rose, who each shocked the world with their Barbie-like appearances.
Though she looks like she just stepped out of an anime film Shpagina is a 19-year-old Ukrainian who spends hours each daily applying makeup to transform herself into a living doll, according to (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210364/Anastasiya-Shpagina-Teenage-girl-living-cartoon-character.html) The Daily Mail .