How a Barbie That Looks Like Jennifer Lawrence Ended Up Selling for Thousands of Dollars

by John Boone 1:16 PM PST, December 04, 2014
Photo: Noel Cruz /

Jennifer Lawrence is a woman of many hats: Oscar-winning actress. Dior model. Billboard charts-ranking songstress. Inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Barbie that recently sold on eBay for thousands of dollars. The special skills section of her résumé is extensive.

But back to that doll: It was done by Noel Cruz, an artist who “repaints” Barbies to make them look more like their real-life counterpart. Here is a sampling of his work, including vintage Madonna, Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians.

Photo: Noel Cruz /

Again: That is not just a photograph of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

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Here’s how he did it: Cruz started with Barbie’s Hunger Games Collector’s Edition doll (which retails for around $45). He re-dyed and styled her hair, then erased the face of the original Katniss doll.

Photo: Noel Cruz /

With fine tools and what must be endless patience, he masterfully repaints the face, changing the doll’s skin tones and features to make them more Jennifer Lawrence-y.

Photo: Noel Cruz /

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And here’s the final transformation that sold for $2,500 in an eBay auction!

Photo: Noel Cruz /

Is owning a “Whoa, that’s so realistic” J.Law doll worth 2.5 grand? You tell us.

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