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Lady Gaga unveils dolls in her flamboyant likeness

Monday - 12/2/2013, 1:48pm  ET

Lady Gaga poses for photographers during a press conference to promote her album "ARTPOP" in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

PAMELA SAMPSON
AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) -- One-of-a-kind Lady Gaga has been replicated.

The pop star unveiled life-size dolls in her likeness, dressed in her flamboyant costumes, at a Tokyo event Sunday. A person leaning against the silicon doll's chest can hear Lady Gaga music and messages.

Gaga said she was honored to have replicas of herself. When her friends saw the dolls, "they were so excited to take pictures of me with the dolls and then all of a sudden the dolls took over. And the dolls were the most important thing in the room. And this is a beautiful thing," she said.

Japanese industrial and design companies teamed with her record label to create the Gagadoll, inspired by her new "Artpop" album. They're prototypes not yet available for sale.

At the news conference, the 27-year-old singer made her grand entrance wearing a red plaid jumpsuit and wrapped in coils of the same fabric.

Gaga is participating in a charity auction to benefit the 2011 earthquake and tsunami victims. She's hoping that one of the two Gaga-styled Hello Kitty dolls will raise a lot of money for the cause.

"Artpop" hasn't matched the critical acclaim or sales of her blockbuster "Born This Way" album.

Gaga said she looked forward to returning to Japan with the "Artpop" tour. The concert schedule hasn't been released.


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