Barbie : A Girl 's Ideal Body Image, And The Age Immune Doll Essay

1273 Words May 21st, 2015 6 Pages
This past March, Barbie turned the mighty age of fifty six(Walker 1). To this day, she still holds the position of being a girl’s ideal perfect body image, and the age immune doll. “In 1998 Barbie’s waist expanded and bust was made smaller to reflect a more ‘real’ body type”(Golgowski). She has been around for quite some time now; as society’s idea of a woman 's perfect body changes, Barbie’s body is constantly changing as well. In America, young girls between the ages of five to nine, have been growing up thinking that this doll was the perfect example of beauty and femininity. When I was a little girl, Barbie was my role model. Everyday, I would strive to look like her when I grow up. I had almost every doll and every set there was. I eventually grew out of interest in her, and as time changed i realized how unrealistic she is. Barbie is an American artifact; in fact, not only does she illustrate America’s obsession with appearance, but she has been influencing what the ideal woman looks like for decades. Although many girls aspire to be her, it is impossible to have her body and live a healthy life at the same time. All over America, girls have been growing up thinking Barbie was the perfect example of beauty and femininity. However, the shape of her body is nearly impossible to live in and be healthy. “Her 16-inch waist would also be four inches thinner than her head, leaving room for only half a liver and a few inches of intestine...From these measurements she’d be…

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