::Singing:: “I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie worrrld, life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”
As a little girl I owned many Barbie branded items, (who didn’t?) the multi-level “dream” house complete with pulley elevator, the battery-powered pink Jeep that I drove around the cul de sac collecting autumn leaves and rocks, naturally. I also owned shififtyfive multi-talented, career-driven Barbie dolls, who had drawers full of clothing for any and all occasions. I mean what if she wanted to roller skate in the park with her puppy and sister Skipper? A girl needs options!
However, being a kid I’m not sure I even realized how un-proportional the Barbie doll actually was compared to the human species because I was too busy using my imagination (yay, creativity!) and finding the matching minuscule plastic high heel in the air vent. Pesky things never stayed put.
Shoeless Barbies forever.
After I grew up and playtime was over I began to realize the trademark Barbie bod was no where near that of normal girls’ errr… humans’. Reality check: Barbie’s are the in-hand version of the digitally altered images we see on the glossy pages of magazines.
Refinery 29 put out an article with the most glorious graphics from Rehabs.com demonstrating the ridiculousness of the Barbie body, asking “Is the Barbie body possible?” The short answer: No. But read on for just how ridiculous.
• Her neck is twice as long and 6 inches skinner than an average woman—Barbie wouldn’t be able to hold up her own head.
• Her bust line is 32” around, an average ladies 35”. Then the cup size would probably land Barbie on her face because she’d be so front heavy. Because science, namely gravity.
• Barbie’s waist, 16 inches. 16 INCHES, this is smaller than her head people! Having a waist that small would only fit half a liver and a few inches of intestine. Not to mention her waist-hip ration is alllll outta whack.
• Wrists, why they’re as big around as a pencil (I’m exaggerating here). No heavy lifting for Barbie. Snap, crackle, pop. Ouch.
• Barbie’s legs are 50% longer than her arms and only 16 inches around. Normal.
• Her feet, permanently arched (um, foot cramps much?) waiting for that disappeared-never-to-return-again high heel comes in a whopping child size 3 dangling off ankles that measure 6 inches long. Barbie would have to be like the majority of our mammal friends and walk on all fours. Because again, science of the anatomy, biology and physics genre.
What I’m trying to say is don’t be Barbie. What I’m trying to say is Barbie is not real. But you knew that already, just testing you!
What I’m really saying is if you model your ideal perception of beauty and health to be Barbie and are striving to become her, stop it! You can’t be her because, like I said earlier, science. Deal with it. All you can be is You! The happy, healthy, beautiful You!!!