With the advent of cosmetic surgery and supplement technologies that aid in the modification of natural body proportions, people have been eager to attain the perfect image of themselves. This notion (of the “perfect image”) is in, an aspect, troubling because to some extent our image of our perfect selves may lie in a spectrum very distant from reality and could only be attained through extreme procedures. One of the more popular ideal images of the female body is one that compares to the most famous woman in the world – Barbie. Notable women who have gone through laborious means to attain this doll’s look include Valeria Lukyanova, Dakota Rose, and Venus Palermo. These women imitate the doll’s look because they feel like the look better represents who they are. Although not everyone would undergo plastic surgery and the like, the fact that they would exert effort to look like the unrealistic image of Barbie is being frowned upon by a lot of individuals.
Thus the often-heard complaints that Barbie's dimensions are unhealthy or inhuman are beside the point, since Barbie is not real, and girls don't think of the doll as real (nor even potentially real).Barbie was never claimed nor intended to represent a human body nor any physical ideal. It's just a toy, and there's no evidence that girls interpret their Barbies (or Bratz or Raggedy Ann dolls) as anything they're supposed to look like.”
To be Barbie or not to be, that is the question only YOU can decide on.
- Bea Ticsay
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