Stacy Leigh Photographs 'Average Americans' That Happen To Be Sex Dolls

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Initially designed to serve a clear, utilitarian purpose, sex dolls have been experiencing some kind of an evolution with growing numbers of men crediting them as more than sex partners. This year alone, multiple reports showed that modern men are choosing silicone dolls to compensate for lack of human connection and provide emotional support. Some even go as far as marrying them...

This notion of sex dolls going beyond sexual partners is exactly what inspired New York-based photographer Stacy Leigh to create her series, Average Americans (That Happen to be Sex Dolls).

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

Oozing with that uncanny valley effect, Leigh's photographs see a variety of realistic silicone sex dolls involved in mundane (somewhat) human activities like dining or watching TV. The sets are all meant to tell a story, thus making the doll an active participant of the shot, just like a human being would be. On her website, Leigh explains:

"I think that there is something that happens when you see a hyper-realistic, life-size doll... in person or in a photo, there is a feeling. Something that looks so alive, yet it is so still. It's uncomfortable.

You might feel repulsed and empathetic at the same time. But I think once you put aside the fact that they are sex toys, you tend to feel an odd human connection."

Talking to VICE Creators, Leigh admitted most of these scenarios stem from her personal experiences: "In Brooklyn as a youth, I got into trouble… clubs, drugs… I did my thing. Eventually, I grew up, worked on Wall Street, and got married. I guess I use the dolls as a vessel to tell my story. I portray what I know. I am an average American."

Leigh purchased her first sex doll back in 2004 – now she owns at least 12 of them. The artist recalls it was during her research into what doll to buy that she realized that to some people, they are so much more than sexual objects.

"I wanted to show the dolls the way the men who loved them saw them. I wanted to humanize the dolls."

Leigh also has a photo series titled Little Hussies that shines a light on the "born to be wild" side of Barbie Dolls. You can check it out here and be sure to follow Stacy on Instagram.

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)

(Photo: Stacy Leigh)