Barbie World Essay

785 Words May 27th, 2011 4 Pages
Quianna A. Williams
May 28, 2011

This teen fashion model hit the scene march 9, 1959. Wearing nothing but a black and white zebra striped bathing suit, black opened toe shoes, and gold earring. She had blonde hair, red painted lips, full breast, small waist, and long slender legs. And every young girl white or black had to have her and wanted to be her. Barbie was the got to have doll in 1959 till this day worldwide. During my youth my sister and I wanted her too. For Christmas, birthdays and every time we saw a new commercial for her.
While during some research about Barbie, I came across the first Barbie commercial. While watching the commercial I’ve notice a woman singing a song in the background.
“Barbie you're beautiful
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A live model, which involves an actual individual demonstrating or acting out a behavior.
2. A verbal instructional model, which involves descriptions and explanations of a behavior.
3. A symbolic model, which involves real or fictional characters displaying behaviors in books, films, television programs, or online media.

This paper will discuss the media as a symbolic model that sends out subliminal messages to females to define real beauty using the super model Barbie mentally. And how women used all kinds of measures to be that 5”9” and 120lbs. Some measures are getting numerous procedures of plastic surgery to obtain a unrealistic figure, to having a mental illness such as eating disorders or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or going on reality shows to compete for plastic surgeries “The average woman sees 400 to 600 advertisements per day, and by the time she is 17 years old, she has received over 250,000 commercial messages through the media. Only 9% of commercials have a direct statement about beauty, but many more implicitly emphasize the importance of beauty, particularly those that target women and girls” (mybodybeautiful). Do the media play a large role in how women see their body image? Do the media influence us to nip, tuck and suck our bodies into their own image of what a woman suppose to look like?
Despite looking good on the outside, these

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