[Barbie World]

::Insert overtired parents that are trying to sleep in on a Saturday morning::

“Mommy, will you pleeeeeeeaaase open the garage door so I can play Barbies?!  I want to meet Kimmie, it’s 8 o’clock!”

Yes, 8 o’clock was the magical time that our neighbors and my parents had established as a time that was “okay” to ring each others doorbell so the kids could play together outside. Now as an adult, I think that is waaaaay too early!  But as a kid, I can pretty much promise I had already been pacing the house for an hour and a half dying to get my hands on that Barbie doll and play with the neighbor kids.

I still remember stepping out onto the cold concrete while my mom opened the garage door, wrapped up in her robe, and seeing Kimmie’s garage door open…”YES!” GAME ON, it’s Barbie time!! We would be so excited, running to meet up with each other and plan our Barbie day. Hmm, should we set up the pool today or have them go to school?! Big decisions. Kimmie ran her Dream House out of her garage, and my sister and I had a Dream House in our garage. This allowed our Barbies to “drive” to each other’s house!  If we were REALLY lucky, Jennifer would be home too and we would have THREE houses on our cul-de-sac with Barbie houses going on!  (Come on, you know you wish you lived on our street!)

I would pretty much claim my Barbie passion growing up as an obsession. Yep, it was. And I’m pretty sure I’ve yelled at my little sister for ripping Barbie’s head off…or worse yet, cutting her hair ((GASP))!  But honestly, as a kid, I never really over-analyzed Barbie’s body, or gave it much thought. She was my toy…nothing real.  But now as an adult, and after seeing the images in this post, I realize how crazy the whole Barbie body phenomenon is.  Check this out…it is too crazy to not share!

Image source: Imgur

Can you believe the Barbie proportions drawn on this gorgeous girl?!  Our bodies were never designed to look like a Barbie doll…it’s just not physically possible.  The Barbie figure is not real, girls.  It’s a total myth and an unattainable beauty standard!  So please don’t think Barbie has it all…she may have a Dream House, but they forgot to give her a waist!  And I can promise you this…you wouldn’t WANT to look like Barbie.  I mean seriously, look at that photo above one more time!!  Honestly, I think we could all agree that this model is 1,000,000 times more gorgeous than the Barbie doll figure would ever be.

Bottom line, Barbie is a doll…and it was not created with real life proportions!  If Barbie were real, she might look a bit like this…which just really makes me laugh, really hard.  COULD.YOU.IMAGINE passing a girl with these proportions on the street?!  Yes, I’d be giving her a double look…but for all the wrong reasons!

Image Source: Huffington Post

Galia Slayen created this life-sized Barbie for her high school in support of the first National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW).

If Barbie were real, Galia gives us some facts to keep in mind:

• At 5’9″ tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate.
• If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.

Don’t believe the hype girls; we aren’t supposed to compete with Barbie!  But she sure was fun to play with as a kid–even if I never had the chance to be the proud owner of the Barbie RV!


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