How to be Barbie: Give up food and sex, and get some implants
Valeria Lukyanova is the ‘real life Barbie’. She’s 27 years old, 5′ 7″ tall, with measurements 34.6-18.5-34.6 in inches (Barbie’s would be 39-18-33). She weighs 99 lbs.
How does she keep this incredible Barbody? Regimens have included: juice-only diet, raw meat diet, daily gym workouts, and of course pounds of make-up and contacts to finish off the look. She has had only one surgery- breast implants. Absolutely no sex though (Lukyanova is married).
Here’s where the magic lies. “She believes that she’s from a different universe and that she can stop eating food and live off of solar energy”, “live off sunlight” and “prana”/life force when the sun just isn’t doing it for her.
The problem with this is that Barbie, along with other female ideals are marketed to young girls daily.
It’s really a small jump we make from Disney to Playboy.
And sadly, an even smaller one from that to this:
This ‘hourglass figure’ female ideal is constantly being shoved down our throats in every other movie. We rarely see women that aren’t size 0’s (achieved by exercising for 2 hours a day and doing crazy gluten-free, baby food, caveman diets).
(Pictured above: Jennifer Aniston in We’re the Millers, Alice Eve in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 3)
The media sends a clear message: Women are only validated as human when they look like the ideal. We are judging females on this ideal and it’s basically screwing up our self-worth, values, and yeah, our bodies. Body dysmorphic disorder, anorexia, bulimia, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the harmful side effects of being sensitized to the media. Obviously, it’s not practical to go media black, but you can choose to be proactive:
- Discuss body ideals in movies, especially with young girls and boys, and explain to them what is real and what isn’t. (Please pass the message along to any adults who are too stupid to come to this conclusion)
- Think about what is considered healthy and what isn’t for you. Every single diet/exercise fad out there is designed to sell you a product. They don’t care if you succeed as long as you fork over your money. We’re a capitalist nation, and weight loss is one of our biggest clients (Check out this nutritionists who sold weight loss knowing the clients would gain weight and return to the program.)
- Remember that actors are paid and have the free time to work out 2 hours a day with trainers and nutritionists at their beck and call. It does bear repeating that animations can also exaggerate the human form and are not real representations of humans.
- Your greatest influence lies in your wallet. $$$. Literally, don’t buy the bullshit, and harass anyone when they’re being sexist, stupid or both when it comes to representations of females in the media.
Besides, would you rather look smokin’ hot and not have sex, or… have sex?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.