More than just a pretty face: a role model too
She is highly noted for her curves, blond hair, blue eyes and pink lips. She weighs in at 7.25 ounces, 11.5 inches tall and her measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3 ¼ inches (waist), and 5 3/16 inches (hips).
Born March 9, 1959, in Willow, Wis., and obtaining over 125 careers and counting, she is a cultural icon that goes by the name of Barbie Millicent Roberts, or, as we like to refer to her as, “Barbie.”
According to HiddenHalo.com, “Barbie, with her blond hair and shapely figure, has been a subject of controversy for many years; feminists say Barbie is the part of the cause of worldwide eating disorders, low self-esteem and false perceptions of beauty.”
The website further states, “They argue that these things result in harmful effects on young girls’ future images of life.
“Contrary to certain perceptions, living the Barbie fantasy is not a bad dream for young girls to aspire to.
“Why can’t feminists take a more positive approach to viewing Barbie?”
“I think that as women get older, their thoughts on their personal image changes.”
“I feel that the American society puts a lot of pressure on women to be skinny and look great at all times,” said Michelle Sanchez, 25, police officer.
“I think that women should accept Barbie as a childhood doll that they once played with and leave it at that.
Yes, she is beautiful, but there’s more to being a woman than having a small waist and large breasts like Barbie,” she said.
But is Barbie just an image that pressures women to look a certain way? A lot of women believe Barbie is more than just curves and a pretty face.
These certain individuals view Barbie as a motivator who encourages young girls everywhere to have a dream and to work very hard to see that dream become a reality.
As commented on Yahoo, “Barbie, first and foremost, has been the ultimate ‘career woman.’ She has held a (number) of positions over the years and in many cases has broken through the gender barrier, becoming a NASCAR driver, pilot and (even) president!”
Women would also argue that along with her poise and ability to remain self-governing, Barbie teaches women that it is OK to stand on their own.
Sanchez too believes Barbie is a good role model, and she teaches young girls that it is OK for them to stand on their own as women.
“There are many different types of dolls and a lot has changed since I was a child. I think that Barbie is a good role model. She is slim, beautiful and independent.Although she has Ken, you never hear that Ken controlled her life choices or bought a car for her,” Sanchez said.
While managing to stay independent and fabulous, Barbie has also been a very influential patriot for America.
She has been a member of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army.
Along with her role as a patriot, she encourages young girls to get an education through her years spent as teacher, student, lawyer and a doctor.
When it comes to living healthy, Barbie has displayed the importance of doing so by joining the health industry as a trainer, dancer and aerobics teacher.
She has also inspired women to value the important things in life by being a good friend to Christie, an exceptional big sister to Skipper and Todd, and a fun, loving girlfriend to Ken.