CONS Sarah Burge has had plastic surgery worth £500,000 to look Barbie-like
Barbie's physique can convey a negative body image to girls. Girls can become obsesed with
A person with barbie proportions would not be able to standor walk. She would be pulled too far forward.
Today Barbie is a “symbol of consumer capitalism and is a global brand” (Britannica Encyclopedia). But not every country is mesmerized by Barbie’s charm, “in 1995 Saudi Arabia banned the sale and purchasing of Barbie’s because it violated strict dress code for women. Barbie has negative influence on young girls, and makes them self-conscious about their physical appearance because of Barbie’s unrealistic body features.
Barbie is to blame for women developing “Body Dimorphic Disorder” Psychologist say it is possible that exposure to Barbie’s at a young age can trigger this disease later in life. Body Dimorphic disorder is a disease which causes the person to obsess over something they don’t like about their body which may be extremely minor or unnoticeable to others. This is the disease that physiologist Debbie believe drove Montag to go under the knife to get her Barbie body. More and more women are mutilating their bodies with surgery at a younger age like Montag to get the “ideal Barbie-Doll Body”. Rettner added that in 2008 “an estimated 750,000 cosmetic procedures, 271,000 of which were surgical, were performed in people aged 20 to 29, according to the ASPS. And 81,900 surgical procedures were performed on children and young adults aged 13 to 19. These statistics are truly shocking that young women feel the need to change their body to meet unrealistic expectations of our Barbie culture. In 2010 reality T.V. Star Heidi Montag underwent 10 plastic surgeries all at one time when she was only 23 years old. Journalist Rachel Rettner interviewed Montag in her article titled “Heidi Montag’s plastic Surgery: Obsession or Addiction?” to find out what motivated the already naturally stunning Heidi to go under the knife. Rettner stated that “as for what’s driving her and others, some researchers say the media is part of the problem, bombarding us with images of this ideal Barbie-Doll person that’s unattainable without nips and tucks and more”. Montag stated that “she is not addicted to plastic surgery.” Psychologist Debbie would disagree “I think Fundamentally, when someone goes on for many, many, many, procedures at a young age they’re trying to change something about themselves, they want to become a new person”.