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Singaporean Man Collects Barbie Dolls - 02 Sep 2013 
Images of Jian Yang, a 33-year-old Singaporean who 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. 
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September 02, 2013 
Barbie collector Jian Yang poses with part of his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013.... 
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Barbie collector Jian Yang poses with part of his collection at his home in Singapore 
Barbie collector Jian Yang poses with 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 give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls.The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
Barbie collector Jian Yang stands on a stool as he arranges part of his collection at his home in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Barbie collector Jian Yang stands on a stool as he arranges part of his collection at his home in Singapore... 
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 give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
Barbie collector Jian Yang talks about his Barbie Jem and the Holograms collection at his home in Singapore... 
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Barbie collector Jian Yang talks about his Barbie Jem and the Holograms collection at his home in Singapore... 
Barbie collector Jian Yang talks about his Barbie Jem and the Holograms collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls.The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
Doll collector Jian Yang slings an accessory over the first doll that started off his collection at his... 
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Doll collector Jian Yang slings an accessory over the first doll that started off his collection at his... 
Doll collector Jian Yang slings an accessory over the first doll that started off his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
Barbie dolls in the likeness of Elizabeth Taylor (L-R), Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe are displayed... 
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Barbie dolls in the likeness of Taylor, Sinatra and Monroe are displayed in collector Jian Yang's home... 
Barbie dolls in the likeness of Elizabeth Taylor (L-R), Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe are displayed in collector Jian Yang's home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Collector Jian Yang arranges his Monster High dolls among other dolls at his home in Singapore September... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Collector Jian Yang arranges his Monster High dolls among other dolls at his home in Singapore 
Collector Jian Yang arranges his Monster High dolls among other dolls at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
A Farah Fawcett doll (C) sits among other dolls in collector Jian Yang's collection at his home in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A Farah Fawcett doll sits among other dolls in collector Jian Yang's collection at his home in Singapore... 
A Farah Fawcett doll (C) sits among other dolls in collector Jian Yang's collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Doll collector Jian Yang shows his wardrobes filled with his collection at his home in Singapore September... 
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Doll collector Jian Yang shows his wardrobes filled with his collection at his home in Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang shows his wardrobes filled with his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Doll collector Jian Yang talks about the first doll (R) that started his collection at his home in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang talks about the first doll that started his collection at his home in Singapore... 
Doll collector Jian Yang talks about the first doll (R) that started his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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September 02, 2013 
Doll collector Jian Yang shows an Osama bin Laden doll among his collection at his home in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang shows an Osama bin Laden doll among his collection at his home in Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang shows an Osama bin Laden doll among his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Doll collector Jian Yang arranges his Bratz True Hope dolls, made in honour of young cancer patients,... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang arranges his Bratz True Hope dolls at his home in Singapore 
Doll collector Jian Yang arranges his Bratz True Hope dolls, made in honour of young cancer patients, at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Barbie collector Jian Yang walks up the stairs of his apartment in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white... 
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Barbie collector Jian Yang walks up the stairs of his apartment in Singapore 
Barbie collector Jian Yang walks up the stairs of his apartment in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours 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 (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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