From tomboy to baby doll: meet the woman who swapped jeans and t-shirts for corsets and frills
A tomboy has ditched her skinny jeans and t-shirts to dress like a REAL LIFE DOLL.
Sofia Pettersen-James, from Harrow, West London, used to be one of the guys – but now she turns heads every day with her crazy petticoats, frilly bonnets, and multicolored wigs and bows.
Whether she’s taking a trip to the supermarket or waiting at the bus stop, Sofia ensures she doesn’t have a bright pink hair out of place.
The 19-year-old’s look is so unusual that she regularly gets stopped in the street to pose for pictures.
Sofia, a textiles student said: “I love wearing my outfits, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t wear them.
“I adore every single dress and all the accessories, I wouldn’t be seen in anything else.
“I appreciate that it’s different but it really is special to me, I feel happy when I wear them.
“When I was younger I liked Thomas the Tank Engine and stuff guys liked.
“I used to just wear jeans and a t-shirt – but I always felt like something was missing.
“Lots of people ask for a picture with me, but I’m not a tourist attraction!”
The Nottingham Trent University student first found her interest in the unusual doll like style – known as Lolita fashion – two years ago after visiting an Anime Convention in London.
At the age of only 17, Sofia became instantly hooked, and started to save every penny she could to fund her new found hobby.
Within just two years, Sofia has spent over a staggering £2,000 on perfecting her unique appearance.
She said, “It was a bold and unusual kind of fashion to be wearing but I loved it.”
“My parents were a bit confused at first as it was such a drastic change, my dad would insist I was just playing dress up.
“But it wasn’t long until they both came around to my new style of clothes.”
At the time, school girl Sofia lived in her school uniform, and her doll clothes were only worn on special occasions.
But a year and a half later, Sofia bagged herself a job as a cleaner in a hotel and saved her wages until she was able to afford the wardrobe of her dreams.
Sofia added, “I’ve now ditched the jeans and choose to opt for corsets almost every day of the week.
“My favourite outfit to date is a mint green dress, it has a row of printed toys along the bottom of the skirt, it’s really cute.”
This particular outfit set Sofia back by a whopping £300.
After recently dying her hair pink to compliment her wardrobe, many onlookers have been shocked by her appearance. Many tourists in
London have even asked to have their picture taken with her.
Sofia said: “Having pink hair gets you lots of attention, especially when the rest of your outfit matches your hair.
“A few people will shout across the street – but I just ignore them.”
Lolita fashion is hard to find in the UK, so Sofia has to look elsewhere for her fill of frills.
Her favourite store, Angelic Pretty, is based in Japan and is the biggest and most popular for Lolita fanatics.
Sofia said: “I’m not alone, there’s a small community of Lolita fashionistas based in London.
“We all often meet up at local coffee shops and museums.
“We cause quite a stir in the capital but it’s nice to meet up and have something in common – my friends don’t understand the latest Lolita fashion.”
Despite some negativity, Sofia has many supportive comments from those around her, with many wishing they had her confidence.
Being branded as ‘Little Bo Peep’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in the streets may cause upset for some, but Sofia remains unfazed and confident in her appearance.
She added: “I can dress how I like, it makes me feel happy – so let me wear it!”