We’ve seen what a Barbie doll would look like if modeled after the average 19-year-old woman. But when you juxtapose a doll’s facial features with a real woman’s, the results are startling.
I think the concept works, it’s pointing out our superficial ideals of beauty that we are bombarded with, and supposed to accept. The same concept would work with many different representations of women; magazine covers, ads, and so on. The amount of people who act like they live in an impenetrable bubble is astounding. I don’t understand why people are afraid to admit that the media they consume does affect them is some manner. And one area where its damage is obviously prevalent is beauty ideals. It’s something to be aware of, it doesn’t diminish your value if you admit it. And you can strive for conventual beauty and still be a strong person.
Please note: I’m responding this way because of the rather large amount of comments that say “I know barbie isn’t real, FU”.
The only real criticism I have about the images is that it’s not a startling fresh idea. But it does ring true never the less.
AND one more thing, I find this to be the response most of the time when people are told that what they are consuming is most likely having a negative impact on them in some way… They often get super defensive, and seem to think that any sort of admission makes them a lesser person.
I can see why, no one likes to be told that they are impressionable and malleable. But realistically we all are somewhat impressionable and malleable, it’s part of being human. The more aware of it you are the less easily influences you will be.