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Realistic Barbie girl Photoshop in unrealistic Barbie world

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 02:04

Morgan Mears | The Houstonian

Morgan Mears | The Houstonian

Photo courtesy of Eddi Aguirre | Imgur

Photo courtesy of Eddi Aguirre | Imgur

In a society where many girls focus on their looks and how they compare to today’s standards of beauty, Barbie has constantly been the center of controversy in the discussion of beauty and perfection, especially with young girls.

Barbie is a doll that many hold as the epitome of beauty, with a small waist, large breasts, perfectly combed blonde hair, a flawless complexion and make up; a perfect blonde bombshell.

A newly released photo that was posted online to Imgur by user Eddi Aguirre shows the doll in a natural, more realistic physical state with frizzy hair, freckles, dark under-eye circles, acne and braces.

Barbie has long been criticized for her unattainable proportions, but now the realistic Barbie has gone under the scope. Most of the responses to her natural look have been negative, claiming Barbie is no longer beautiful or perfect.

As posted by the International Business Times, in her story "Natural Barbie Criticized For Her Make-Under; Does She Look Like Everyone Else?" author Maria Vultaggio explains that the responses to the photo claim the doll looked like she was incredibly sick.

Another user commented on the story said, "It’s not so much natural Barbie as crack whore Barbie." Barbie just can’t win in this debate; she is either too pretty or too ugly.

This new natural Barbie has been long overdue. So many girls in today’s society have low self-esteem and no confidence in themselves at all; seeing Barbie constantly all dolled up, in all of her perfection, can add to their self-consciousness. The realistic portrayal of Barbie may not be the prettiest portrayal of her but this natural version of her is certainly a favorite of mine.

Without her make-up, the new Barbie expresses the notion that although she may not be what our distorted society views as "beautiful," because she isn’t made up and has flaws, she showcases the idea that we all have flaws.

In the real world, no one is perfect and neither is Barbie.

Instead of bashing this new Barbie and trying to say that it promotes the idea that no one is pretty without make-up, our society should accept a different interpretation of beauty. Although we’ve always seen Barbie all made up with this job and that job (acting like a superwoman) she is not. Just like all women, Barbie is not perfect and neither are we.

We all have those days that we don’t look "perfect" or what some might consider "beautiful." We need to keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—not just one person—there are many definitions of beautiful. Everyone in their own way is beautiful even with imperfections.

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