Lady Iyah is one of a kind (ooak) doll owned by Lupita Nyong’o and the first of Nadia’s ooak dolls to be revealed to the public. She is 14.5” tall, made of pigmented high quality resin and is painted dark chocolate and blushed with rosy and deep brown pigments to produce a beautifully flesh-like finish. She is one of Nadia’s ooak dolls but, like other dolls created by Nadia, Lady Iyah is a mixed media sculpture and a ball jointed doll (BJD). Her body is made of 20 segments featuring realistic details like carefully sculpted lines on the palms of her hands and fingers. The artist does not sensor her body by removing nipples or vulva. Lady Iyah is very poseable; she can sit up straight, cross her legs and has a human-like range of motion at the elbows and knees.
She is packaged in a handmade, black, wooden box lined with golden satin. The package includes a detachable crown-like wig with hair jewelry, a high shoulder kente top and red polka dot bottoms. It also includes gold hoop earrings (that attach to her magnetized ears), gold bangles, a red beaded anklet and red, gold and black shoes with kente insoles. A signed certificate of authenticity is included. Her body eyes, wig, clothing, jewelry, shoes and packaging are all meticulously hand-made by artist Nadia Francis as a part of The Black Doll Project. Nadia doesn’t work with any manufacturers or casting companies; everything, including molds, is made in her home. As everything is hand-made, it takes weeks to make a single set and no two are exactly the same.
Lady Iyah, the first of Nadia’s ooak dolls to be revealed to the public, will be the prototype for her limited edition art dolls that she is currently creating.