These Celebrity Dolls Are So Lifelike, They’re Like Owning the Real Thing

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Angelina Jolie Maleficent doll by Noel Cruz
Image: Noel Cruz

Filipino portrait artist Noel Cruz had been doodling for years before his career took a somewhat unusual turn in 2001 when he began dabbling in dolls. Since then, Cruz has shown an incredible talent for putting personality into plastic. His M.O. is to take mass-produced dolls and transform them into the very image of superstars old and new. What’s more, these days his mini masterpieces sell for thousands of dollars – and it all started with Miss Universe.

2. Beyonce
Image: Noel Cruz

Beyoncé

“That whole thing [Miss Universe] inspired a whole series of imaginations in my head,” Cruz told myfarrah.com in 2012. The variety of stunning faces on display made Cruz want to become a portraitist.

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1. Marilyn Monroe
Image: Noel Cruz

Marilyn Monroe

That said, Cruz and his family didn’t own a TV in 1974 when the Miss Universe competition came to the Philippines, so the young artist watched the show through a neighbor’s window.

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