Thursday, April 4, 2013

This Week's Inspiring Pop Culture Moment: Make-Up Free Barbie

Each week we take a look around our pop culture world and try to find one moment that stood out as the most inspiring. It might be a celebrity who is doing charitable things, a TV shows that inspires us to be better or a philosophy that we should all strive to live by. Here is this week's most inspiring pop culture moment.

Is the word ready for a Barbie that looks more like a real woman? Someone named "Eddi Aguirre" on Imgur thinks so. He has created a version of what the iconic plastic beauty would look like without all the primping needed to look like her in real life. 

To start with she has freckles and uneven skin. Then there's the braces, split ends and puffy bags under her eyes. Remove the blush, lipstick, eye shadow and false eyelashes and she's starting to look more and more like us with each flaw exposed. 

Sure she still has the petite, slightly turned up nose and baby blue eyes, but she's a lot less threatening to the average 54-year-old women we know and love. 

In the past Barbie has gone through some other changes. For example in 1997 they gave her more realistic thicker waist and slimmer hips in an attempt to change her unattainable-in-real-life proportions of 39-18-33.

Still sadly, the reaction to this more realistic Barbie has not been all positive. Comments saying she looks sick or hungover question why any child would want to play with this doll.

Fran Walfish, Psy.D., a child and family therapist in Los Angeles says, "We idealize public figures because we want something to aspire to but our standards are impossibly high. And when these icons inevitably misstep, we feel disappointed and angry that our hopes have been dashed." 

He continued, "Barbie with braces and acne looks very much like the type of women and girls who come into my practice. Perhaps this new image is a good thing." 

We think so. A girl can dream, no?

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