As I was reading my Facebook today an article that one of my friends had read came up on the screen. It was about the new “Real- Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll.” This 21 years old women is claiming that she is Au-natural but it has become controversial whether or not she is a faux. It is a speculation among media that she is editing her pictures. On her Facebook page she daunts wide blue eyes, an extremely small waist (one that would need surgery in order to remove ribs), and long legs that look like they have received leg extrensions. In addition she claims that she is the most famous women in Russia on the Internet due to her doll-like looks.
This is a quote from the article that also aims at the controversy of how this body image is teaching young girls what women are expected to look like, “Whether Lukyanova is real or fake, photo-shopped or plastic surgery, Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, said the mystery of her existence is not the issue. The problem is that her flaunted image epitomizes and exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in today’s society.”
How unproportional does this women look? This image of what women aim to be like is completely impossible. The only way for someone to look like barbie would be to undergo extreme plastic surgery. Barbie is representing someone who is impossible and is setting a bad example for young girls. These girls eventually grow up and want to look exactly like a plastic doll. This should not be the expectations of these girls and women should not be represented like this. It alters the way young girls think and also serves as a cause for body image.
In addition to the sexualization and objectification of women that Barbie represents in the media, it also goes back to the Lolita Effect because this women is trying to be a doll that children play with. She looks young, innocent, submissive, and unsure yet she is a 21 year old adult. The media is trying to get women to look like children and children to look like women. This women represents a young child who is sexualized and portrayed as sexy in the media. What you all think?