Are Sex Dolls the Future of the Fashion Industry?

Sex dolls could be the future of the fashion industry as unusual requests boom for sex doll retailer.

Sex Dolls in Unexpected Places

With the fashion and photography industries both introducing new changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the world’s leading sex doll company is reporting a huge spike in demand for lifelike models from those in creative sectors. Sex Doll Genie, a US and European firm specialising in the design and manufacture of realistic love dolls, reports that orders for asexualised fashion and photography models has risen by round 400% since March last year.

Sex Doll Genie

In 2020, the family run business saw a rapid spike in orders following social distancing orders, with interest from single males rising by 51.6%  between February and March, and by 15.8% from single females during the same period. Now, however, the technology company is identifying another growing trend, this time for fashion models used for promotional purposes.

While businesses across many industries have been in a fortunate position to move operations online during the COVID-19 outbreak, sectors that rely on in-person activities are still struggling to navigate the new socially distanced landscape, with fashion and photography amongst some of the most heavily affected. Insight from Sex Doll Genie suggests that sex dolls could prove to be a highly effective solution, and may play a big role in the future of fashion.

Advanced Tech

As sex doll technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, a number of new opportunities were already arising for use of the products across multiple different industries. The pandemic looks set to accelerate this expansion, allowing photographers, fashion brands, and other creatives to incorporate lifelike love dolls as models into their promotional events and photo shoots.

Sex Doll Genie specialises in realism, using high quality TPE and medical grade silicone over sturdy metal foundations to design and create lifelike models that are almost indistinguishable – aesthetically speaking – from the real thing. While sex dolls may still have a reputation for looking like the comedic inflatable models that were first introduced in the United States in the 1960s, the reality is that the love doll industry has come a long way in 60 years.

More Than Just Sex

“We’ve long known that, despite the name, sex dolls are about more than just sex; they’re essentially a human presence and can bring value to a wide range of situations where a human presence is required, yet not practical,” says Janet Stevenson, who founded Sex Doll Genie along with husband Amit. “This is something we’re seeing more and more of during the pandemic, and we’re excited to see applications of our dolls extend into a variety of other sectors, helping to boost positivity around what we’re truly passionate about.”

The modelling industry has undoubtedly been heavily affected by the global health crisis. While some agencies have found work for models on the digital catwalk, others have struggled to identify COVID-secure, socially distanced alternatives to hair and makeup services which has made it challenging to create the look required for many jobs. The pandemic has also put a widespread halt on travel, making it difficult for models to travel for work. Realistic dolls are emerging as a highly effective solution, helping fashion and photography firms to maintain operations and revenue during difficult times.

Alternative Uses

The idea of sex dolls for purposes other than sex is certainly nothing new for the husband and wife team, who previously reached out to Elon Musk to offer use of their dolls for studying loneliness and companionship in space. “It’s very interesting for us to see sex dolls going back to their origins and becoming increasingly separated from sex itself, being used more to create a social presence and for companionship, just as they were used in the sixteenth century by Spanish and French sailors during long, isolating voyages,” says former aerospace engineer Amit Stevenson, Sex Doll Genie Co-Founder.

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