Have you ever wondered how a Barbie doll would look as a fierce lady? Or as fabulous drag? Or as a queer star? “That Foxy Bisssh” is here to answer these questions and make your dreams come true! Constantinos Kalaitzis is the artist behind this success project and he is talking about his Instagram success, his successful story and everything else you need to know.
Who is That Foxy Bisssh?
That Foxy Bisssh is the manifestation of my artistic side in the form of a woman. Foxy is strong, badass, fierce, independent and doesn’t care about what people think of her. She is being her one of a kind self beside the consequences.
Tell us some things about the creative guy behind this project.
Well the guy behind this project is the complete opposite of Foxy. He is a shy, socially awkward guy who has a big heart and even bigger dreams. I got my diploma at the Fine Art department in 2015 and ever since I’m doing my best in order to make a living as an artist.
What is your target?
I don’t have a specific target to be honest. I’m just expressing myself through my artwork but I like to consider myself a voice for the people who feel misunderstood and underappreciated like me, the underdogs.
How have people responded to this project?
Thank God people have been very supportive since day one. Ever since I started posting my artwork online I received a lot of support and love from people all over the world who don’t even know me personally but bonded with me through my work which I find magnificent.
Why did you decide to work under a pseudonym?
I decided to work under a pseudonym because I have a thing for mystery. Plus I wanted my name to reflect my artwork to the fullest.
What made you decide to retouch and restyle Barbie dolls?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Barbie dolls even though I couldn’t have my own when I was a kid. So as an adult who started collecting Barbie dolls and has a thing for uniqueness it was a full circle moment for me. I use Barbie dolls as canvases where I express myself and I get to bring to life all the different personalities that lived in my imagination since forever.
How long does it take for each doll to be ready?
The process of turning a doll into a one of a kind collectible for me usually varies from a couple of hours to a couple of days. It depends on my chemistry with the doll and also if I’m going to restyle her hair only or repaint her too.
Do you design the clothes and the hair by yourself?
I design the hair by myself; inspired by my own hair. Everything started when I went to a modelling audition for hair products and the manager didn’t even take a look at my book he simply dismissed me by saying “Your hair is too black, too thick and too curly”. So my reaction was to create an empire with dolls that have my kind of hair. As for the clothes I use readymade clothes but it’s on my goal list to learn how to sew my own pieces.
What does the creative process involve?
The creative process involves a lot of love, a lot of patience and a couple of cigarettes. In order to change a doll’s hairstyle I have to remove her original hair first and then with the help of a needle apply the new hair. I personally use yarn for my reroots because it’s a thick material and it gives the full and wild effect of my own hair.
Where do you find your inspirations?
I’m inspired by strong people who used to be weak and vulnerable. I’m inspired by women who are unique and by men who are true to themselves. I’m inspired by people who are not afraid to stand out. I draw my inspiration mostly from my vision of unique beauty.
Do you have famous people on your mind when you do a doll makeover?
Every time I work on a doll I’m trying my best to keep my mind blank in order to create something new. I highly look up to Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, Lil’Kim, Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse and Frida Kahlo. These ladies have all inspired me in different ways through their work. For example Marilyn Monroe had that explosive sexuality which I love, Rihanna and Lil Kim are badass and Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse and Frida Kahlo are in touch with my emotional side.
How has RuPaul and the drag scene inspired you?
RuPaul inspired me in a lot of different ways and I simply love everything he represents. He is among the people who make you feel that it’s okay to be yourself, it’s okay to be unique, it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to dream big. And that’s exactly what I love about the drag scene as well that it’s all about uniqueness and talent. Drag Queens are fierce but behind the make up and the big hair are still human beings.
How has Instagram helped your career?
Instagram is a great platform for any artist who is in the making. Personally it helped me to find people with the same interests such as doll collecting and doll customization. I consider my Instagram followers, family members because they always lift my spirit with their love and support.
Which is your favourite doll?
My favourite doll is Rita Fox. I love her for many reasons. First of all she was the first doll I purchased as an adult. She was in used condition when I got her so that gave me the push to attempt my first reroot. I changed Rita’s hair a lot of times and I’m proud about her evolution. I feel like she is growing with me.
Do people ask you to make them their doll look-a-like? Is it something you can offer
People do ask me to make their doll look alike or their favourite celebrity look alike but unfortunately it’s not something I can offer. In order to recreate someone I have to be inspired by them 1000%. In addition I prefer to give life to all the different personalities that I have in my mind instead of creating a doll after someone who already exists.
Who would you like to make as a doll?
I would like to make my self portrait doll at some point and also I would like to make a doll of my mother who I love endlessly.
What shall we expect from you in your future?
You should expect greatness. More dolls, more makeovers more extravagance, more me.
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