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For many women, the cult of Barbie is at fault for many modern female problems, such as eating disorders and distorted body image, because these females dream of that impossible Barbie-like figure, and set out to achieve it, whatever the cost.

Venus Palermo, whose on line identity is the handle Venus Angelic, is a 15 year-old London teenager notorious for her obsession with posting videos in which she poses as a living doll, even running. Internet online tutorials about make-up, described by her in 78 videos on her official youtube page, for the many thousands who follow her.

Venus gives popular tips on achieving the bizarre look, and now

young Russian model Valerie Lukyanova has also made international news for a similar obsession.  She apparently, Like the US girl Dakota Rose, is apparently attempting – through plastic surgery and skillful make-up, to become a real-life Barbie doll.

The fact that, for decades now, the media have assumed that young girls idolize Barbie dolls, and many writers have posted articles about such idolatry leading to, in some cases, a relentless pursuit of beauty as imagined by these girls and women. Valerie’s example could be seen as an object lesson in the dangers of such obsessions.

For many women, the cult of Barbie is at fault for many modern female problems, such as eating disorders and distorted body image, because these females dream of that impossible Barbie-like figure, and set out to achieve it, whatever the cost.

Naomi Wolf wrote, in her best-selling feminist volume The Beauty Myth that many see Barbie is seen as an ideal woman, providing an early role model for developing girls, though few children are likely to see the dolls as truly realistic. Even so, the way girls really see their Barbies has never been properly researched.

Opinion about the iconic Barbie dolls is all just hearsay, to be honest, possibly in part down to a widespread assumption that they are universally beloved, without being by any means certain that this is in fact the case. The mere handful of research studies actually done might surprise people, just because they indicate that, in reality most girls are ambivalent about Barbie.

UK University of Bath researchers, in 2005, reported that their study had shown, in fact, that many girls, aged 7-11 hate Barbie for having many selves, being babyish, unfashionable, and worst of all iconic, meaning that many of the girls actively mutilate and torture their dolls.  So it seems that not every female sees Barbie the same way, and the distinct lack of good evidence that the dolls are viewed as a physical role model make it likely that the supposed Barbie ideal image is based more on myth than truth.

Nonetheless, despite the dispelling of that myth, and the knowledge that

Barbie’s dimensions are in truth both unhealthy and inhuman make no difference to the girls who determine that they want to be Barbie, or at the very least doll-like. Their obsessions lead them to present themselves as living dolls, and even if we feel somewhat horrified by what we see, there is nonetheless something fascinating about the whole bizarre phenomenon.

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  1. dixie1965

    On April 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm


    THOSE GIRLS LOOK SO ODD, that is very unhealthy and women are harder on each other than men ever thought of being, maybe it is the barbie thing, but mainly its the media and models and how women and men think everyone should look,,, women should be 5.6 and weigh 120 pounds! this is a very good article

  2. Will Dee

    On April 27, 2012 at 12:46 am


    The dream of beauty. What is beauty anyway!

    Food for thought

  3. mayka

    On April 27, 2012 at 3:54 am


    Interesting…..

  4. kenscribbles

    On May 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm


    Bizarre indeed, and deeply unappealing as far as I’m concerned. But I guess there are men out there who want trophies, and women that want to be nothing else.

  5. kapshka

    On June 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm


    Dear God – is their confidence that low they resort to this? Don’t you get your ideals from your parents too? Where were they? One of them looks like a fish!

  6. SelbeSays

    On November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm


    Actually, Venus is a very healthy girl. She does a lot of makeup, but she treats her body very well and keeps herself extremely healthy.

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