Barbie’s gotten a lot of flack over the last decade for having body proportions that are anatomically impossible.
Her Highness of Vapidity has even been accused of creating body image issues which can lead to anorexia, bulimia and death.
(And here I was just worried my daughters might dabble in drugs and paramilitary training).
That’s a lot of responsibility to place on Barbie’s bony shoulders, but I must admit, I was thrilled to learn that artist Nicolay Lamm has created a line of Barbies called “Normal Barbie” in the hopes of staving off certain doom for our girls.
I’m not entirely sure how or if Barbie contributed to my Body Dysmorphic Disorder, but she certainly couldn’t have helped, as my Ken doll found her impossibly desirable and had many trysts with her under my bedsheets with only a flashlight (held by me) for flattering lighting.
What you think of “Normal Barbie.” Yea? Or nay?
There’s another great article on the topic at Dying to be Barbie.
Also, I just recently been made aware of Valeria Lukyanova;, a Ukraine model who has undergone several surgeries, and inserted some very strange contact lenses, to become a Human Barbie.
I couldn’t stop myself from engaging in a photo-viewing orgy on her Facebook page and can’t tell if I’m in love with her, or frightened she’ll hide under my bed and steal my tummy fat to inject into her cheeks.
Recently, Valeria proclaimed she plans to become a Breatharian. A person who only survives on sunlight and, well, air. Wonder how that’ll work out?