The man living in a barbie world

Singaporean's collection of about 10,000 Barbie dolls is among the world's largest

They look like beauty contestants putting on their best smile for the camera. Perfectly made up and impeccably groomed, they fight to be noticed as they stand in a line.

Except that these are not real-life models but rows and rows of Barbie dolls displayed on shelves. Hidden among them are those that resemble celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'The man living in a barbie world'. Print Edition | Subscribe