@AsianBarbieLife on Instagram is a modern art project that showcases the daily life of a food photographer and journalist through the perspective of an Asian American Barbie. Each photo is carefully crafted to depict a story in ABL's life through the scale of a human, and not of a Barbie's. You will see miniature 1:6 scale food being featured such as real Chinese egg tarts, pumpkin-shaped candy corn shown as jack o'lanterns, and heart-shaped fruit (coconut meat and mango).
ABL is inspired by @SocalityBarbie's depiction of the lives of millennials and modern-day hipsters. ABL includes inspirational quotes and positive messages to encourage you, cheer you up and get you through the day. Named LVV or LaVraieVie, (meaning "real life" in French), some believe that she is the alter ego of the founder of Sandy By The Bay. Like her creator, Sandy, LVV is passionate about photographing food and can be seen traveling to other parts of the country, including New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. LVV is often seen engaging in activities from her cultural heritage, such as drinking bubble tea or eating egg tarts. References to her frequency of taking food photos and her dating of Kens that are outside of her race, are meant to provoke thought and spark conversation about the Asian American cultural stereotypes within the media.
A lot of thought has been put into detail of every photo as well as the meaning and purpose behind each quote that has been chosen to accompany each photo, even down to the location. You will see special details such as her vintage camera that includes a black leather case with a brown leather strap, real porcelain dishes, bowls and cups, as well as metal utensils. LVV can be seen sporting the latest fashion trends as a modern day hipster and yuppie. Her collection of 20 pairs of glasses can be seen throughout the series; if you look carefully, you can even see glasses with real lens glare. LVV has 3 dogs named after her favorite foods: Bubble Tea (Bichon Frise), Milk Tea and Macarons (twin chihuahuas).
All of the food that gets featured on ABL is real and edible (except for the coffee). Fresh food ingredients (milk, sugar, flour, butter) including LVV's favorite milk brand, Organic Horizon, is showcased. A real miniature strawberry banana milk smoothie has also been featured in the series; these photos linked back to the SandyByTheBay.com blog.
ABL is an brand extension of @SFFoodPhotography, as it simultaneously features a partner's products along with @SFFoodPhotography. Just like many food photographers and bloggers, ABL features strategic food partners, restaurants and shops, and stays on top of the latest Instagram photography trends, including photos of overhead shots, food in hand shots, close-ups of food and homemade recipes that link back to the blog.
As of December 2016, ABL has started to strategically partner with key brands to grow brand awareness and increase user engagement. Our first brand partner is Sharetea, a Taiwanese based bubble tea company that focuses on creating delicious asian dessert drinks from high quality tea and fresh ingredients. If you're interested in collaborating and getting your brand, restaurant or shop featured through this account, please contact me.
Recent Sharetea Collaboration: