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Singaporean Man Collects Barbie Dolls

Barbie collector Jian Yang stands on a stool as he arranges part of his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse gives no hint of what lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favors minimalist decor but the Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in his dressing room and the shelves of his study. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Singaporean Man Collects Barbie Dolls

September 2, 2013

Jian Yang, a 33-year-old Singaporean man, has a collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls and 3,000 dolls of other kinds.



Yang has a professional interest in toys and consumer trends as director of strategy at Omicom Media Group. But his Barbie collection began at age 13 when he bought the "Great Shape" model in a turquoise Spandex gym outfit and striped leg warmers.



"Before I knew anything about social norms, I was a boy that watched this on TV, liked it and wasn't allowed to have one," he said. "As I grew older, got my own allowance, that's where I started getting the freedom to buy whatever I wanted."



His boyhood interest turned into a "crazy obsession" that his friends support and his family has come to accept. (Reuters)