Barbie Girl: Stilettos in the Real World

Barbie Girl

A permanent smile, sparkly pink stilettos, and platinum blonde hair – she’s perfection you can hold in your hand, and she goes by the name Barbie. Barbie’s flawless skin and perfect figure seem harmless at first, but some argue that every little girl’s favorite doll is setting harmful standards for idealistic beauty. Mathematicians have calculated that a 5-foot-6 Barbie would have a 39 inch bust, 21 inch waist, and 33 inch hips - aka nearly impossible in reality. But is Barbie’s fake body causing real problems? I mean, she’s fake. Her plastic face never ages. She always smiles. She only has one emotion. Her hair doesn’t grow back when it's cut. She isn’t real. And her standard of beauty isn’t real either. Little girls know what is real with what is not. Magazines, celebrities, movies, TV shows… those are real people setting real examples and creating real problems… not a doll.