Have you heard about the beauty trend to look like a doll? It is so fast-growing among girls and young women that it has been given the name “Barbie Flu.” To take part in this popular trend, a girl needs to use big contact lens and thick make-up to enlarge the eyes, have eyelash extensions, and some plastic surgery to transform into a “living doll” with the body dimensions of 34-18-34. If you need a tutorial on how to do this, you can go to YouTube and get mini-lessons from Dakota Rose or Venus Palermo.
Asia was the first to take part in this trend since many girls wanted to look like anime cartoons. Yet, is it okay for girls aspire to look like plastic dolls that have tiny waistlines and big breasts? This world obsession to be more Barbie-like by dramatically altering one’s appearance is harmful because it is another beauty standard that females cannot and should not have to attain.
What is really unsettling is that Barbie and dolls are unreal objects, but girls everywhere are trying to become these things and become more artificial. How is something unreal, coming into our society and becoming the new standard of beauty? I think that instead of sending the message that girls need to change and look more perfect, the internet, parents, and society needs to work harder to encourage real body images and lifestyles that are healthy. Being Barbie may seem fantastic, but it is plastic.