The effect of Barbie on young girls

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As a fashion merchandising major part of what I find interesting is looking at how outside forces really effect the trends in fashion. One of the most iconic and influential cultural figures is Barbie. While, she is an excellent toy for young fashionistas to play dress up, accessorize and get their own sense of style, Barbie is also a very negative influence on the body image of young children, specifically girls, who play with the doll.
Just to give some information to put Barbie into perpective, if she was a real person Barbie would be about 6ft tall, have a 39" bust size, 18" waist, 33" hips, a size 3 shoe, would have to have 2 ribs removed because of the size of her waist and would most likely have to walk on all fours because of her un-usual body shape.
This is a figure that is very present in almost all young girls homes and a constant reminder of what the rest of the world thinks is beautiful and perfect. In reality if Barbie was real she would be in contant pain and very deformed.


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I actually transferred here to the U from FIDM in Orange County, CA. Its unbelievable how many girls out there think they have to look like "barbie". It's interesting in different areas of the country how body image is! Great post.

I am getting very disturbed and even scared observing the negative impact on this Barbie syndrom over the young girls. Their aspiration for looking like her is resulting in turning them to some pile dolls with soul, bearing the phisical characteristics of the Barbie, but being human beings at the same time. I find this tendency rather disquieting.

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