Sri Lankan doll artist has issued an apology after criticisms for his design which lack resemblance to former miss universe, Zozibini Tunzi.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Nigeshan clarified that he doesn’t actually manufacture the dolls or paint the faces, adding that he uses pre-made dolls whose outfits he designs to reflect a certain celebrity.
This comes after Nigeshan came under fire for a doll he dedicated to Zozi, which fans on home soil believed looked nothing like her.
The doll was inspired by Zozi’s black and white beaded Xhosa-inspired gown, which she wore at the recent Miss Universe pageant, where she handed over her crown to Mexico’s Andrea Meza.
Nigeshan said he designed the doll because he’s a mega-fan of Zozi.
“I’m a huge fan of Zozibini Tunzi, this doll is a tribute to her. When I am making the dolls, I only consider the skin tone. I am not a canvas doll maker, I only dress up the dolls in costumes. I’m in Sri Lanka, so I don’t have that much knowledge about the face structure of people in SA, I’m sorry,” he said.
Sri Lankan artist came on defending himself after backlash from Zozibini fans who said his design lack accuracy to the former Miss Universe’s face.