I’m just… I’m just gon’ leave this right here.
O Magazine just hit stores with its first ever nude photo shoot enclosed, depicting Katie Halchishick, a plus-sized model and founder of the site “Healthy Is The New Skinny,” naked and covered in dotted lines that suggest what a surgeon might have to “cut away” to give her the same proportions as the doll she’s holding. The photo is a striking depiction of the warped beauty standards that women hold ourselves up against; if a gorgeous model is this far from what our cultural icons dictate as ideal, what hope do the rest of us have?
Now, we’ve discussed Barbie in all her glory here before, and I’m not interested in rehashing the “does Barbie even matter to us?” argument, but I’ve got to wonder. While there were a few women who admitted to wanting to look like Barbie growing up as a kid, there were many more who said Barbie never affected them in any way. That being said, you could easily swap out “Barbie” and swap in any other celebrity image or replica (photo, wax figure, doll, etc) and have to ask yourself the same question. We could easily swap out “Barbie doll” and swap in “Beyonce doll.” Maybe that’d help?
Or how about a Rihanna doll?
I know that many of us might not’ve felt the same connection to our dolls as kids, but dolls are far more diverse nowadays and, quite frankly, I have to wonder if we’re making the message clear for our girls. I mean, I had to make it clear to my Mini-me that “No, dogs don’t talk,” and “No, even though the other four are real animals, you will never see a Uniqua in real life,” but do I make it clear that “Your neck and your waist should never be almost identical in width?” It’s not the kind of doll that matters, it’s the debunking of the unrealistic imagery – be it photoshop or otherwise.
Just something to think about. I’m (clearly) an advocate for changing our bodies, but I am not down with unrealistic goals. Thoughts?