A 70 year old man simply going by the name of Robert has told of his avid fascination for wearing rubber and silicone female bodysuits resembling blow up dolls in the upcoming season of TLC‘s My Strange Addiction.
The man, a divorced property developer who lives in Newport Beach, California, with his 19-year-old daughter, is part of a growing community of ‘maskers.’
For Robert, dressing as his female alter-ego ‘Sherry‘ is a dedicated passion. He has been slipping into his skin-tight suits – which come with eerie matching masks – for 12 years.
In a preview clip, Robert is seen dusting himself in baby powder as he prepares to don his Sherry costume.
Looking happily into the camera the man tells: ‘I just can’t believe that’s a 70-year-old man in the mirror and that’s why I do this. If I saw a 70-year-old man in the mirror I would quit this tomorrow.’
Asked what he sees when he looks at his dolled-up reflection, Robert replies: ‘An exciting looking female. If I saw a woman like this and she asked me to go hang out, I’d say yeah.’
To boot Robert who updates his favorite looks and an array of favorite ‘positions’ has a booming cult following on Facebook.
Robert has also appeared in a British Channel 4 documentary, Secrets of the Living Dolls, which screened earlier this year.
During the expose Robert would reveal how dating real women had become ‘something of a disappointment.’
Told the 70 year old man: ‘You see, after all, I’m 70 years old and I’ve tried dating, and when I’m dating, the women I meet are generally 55 to well up into their 60s,’
‘Some of them are in really good shape for their age but they don’t look anything like this and it’s very difficult to date when you have this to come home to.’
Asked by the dailybeast earlier this year where he thinks his obsession sprung from, Robert admits he can’t work it out.
‘I wish to hell I knew,’ he told the website. ‘I don’t know what it is, why I started doing it, why I continue doing it, or why it’s become such a compulsion.’
Robert is just one of the stars who offer a glimpse into their strange and unique lifestyles in the upcoming series of the hit TLC show.
My Strange Addiction’s new season airs Wednesday, January 7 at 10/9c on TLC.