A model’s doll-like aesthetic has prompted Twitter users to suspend all sense of reality and lose their minds in a sea of heart eye emojis.
The South Sudanese model, Nyadak Thot, who goes by the nickname Duckie, has stunned the collective Internet with her good looks, spurring Twitter users to compare her to a barbie doll.
Duckie shared a photograph to social media, captioning it ‘Ducks after dark’, in which she sported make up and contact lenses that accentuated her already strikingly pretty features, emulating a doll-like look.
Between her flawless complexion and her poker-straight bangs, the Twittersphere was quick to recall Barbie, apparently so overwhelmed they ‘literally’ lost their grip on reality.
The onslaught of praise for Duckie was resounding:
Literally thought you were a Barbie
— Jos (@Just_Josss) June 27, 2017
thought this was a barbie for a good solid 5 minutes
— ____justin (@cyberkingg) June 27, 2017
Is this a person or a doll? I'm confused.
— Claire Huxtable (@_wildwildWEST) June 28, 2017
What the hell- I thought this was a literal doll, you're skin is literally glowing ???
— Jadie ? (@RosesHairFlip) June 27, 2017
I won't believe she's real until I see her in person ?
— la fresa nina (@NinaSerafina) June 28, 2017
She can't be real
— young (@uglyPEEDI) June 28, 2017
Wooooooowwww she looks like a Barbie that's crazy.
— haley? (@143HaleyB) June 27, 2017
A literal doll ?
— Dominique ?? (@ryansd3stinys) June 27, 2017
Even Duckie’s friends got involved, sharing Barbie doll memes.
Once everyone had recovered from their confusion and adulation, Duckie got down from the pedestal we’d all put her on to share a funny, self-deprecating message.
Dismissing the ideals of ‘perfection’ Duckie wrote:
I'm not perfect. Sometimes, a girl slips pic.twitter.com/T3PY3kymWY
— Duckie Thot (@duckie_thot) June 28, 2017
Thot was raised in Australia, and hit the mainstream when she participated in Australia’s Next Top Model, cycle eight.
Duckie’s striking features and fierce stare earned her a place in the finale below:
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The model has been a champion of diversity in the fashion industry, telling Teen Vogue:
It wasn’t easy for me growing up and not having any type of role model out in Australia, so I was super persistent until I got my foot in the door and did work.
Then, I came straight here because [in Australia], there’s a true lack of representation in the industry and I felt that personally, as a child. It’s not fun to feel that.
My driving force is that hopefully – well, they don’t necessarily look to me – but that black women in general need to be out there the way that other women are. It needs to happen for “us” already!
Evidently, Duckie is making waves in fashion and – after many years of a white-washed Barbie franchise – models and public figures like her who aren’t afraid to critique a lack of diversity are helping broaden the lens focus of fashion and beauty ideals.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.