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Tattoos or no, Barbie still sends wrong message

By Lexi Sterling
On December 6, 2011

One of the most popular girls since 1959 drapes her 11.5-inch frame with accessories like sunglasses and a purse, but now sports a pink bob and tattoos. Mattel‘s Barbie, as if she weren't bad enough for young girls already, has gone too far.

Even though TokiDoki is in limited production, the new Barbie won't have limited influence. The doll, which is currently out-of-stock by vendors, was released in mid-October. This doll is only available for purchase online, and the retail value is $50. No more than 7,400 of these dolls have been produced worldwide, but that means there are 7,400 chances a child could be playing with this doll. Unfortunately, the media doesn't express that it is impossible to be a life-sized Barbie.

TokiDoki's dimensions, if scaled to an actual-sized 5-foot-9-inch woman, would be unflattering and disproportionate. Her shoe size would be a woman's 3 and she would weigh only 100 pounds. Her waist would be 18 inches around, she would have 33-inch hips and her bust size would be 39 inches.

Through the years, Barbie has had horses, cats, dogs and other miscellaneous animals with names like Fluffy, Tanner and Marshmallow. TokiDoki Barbie, on the other hand, comes with a fierce-looking cactus friend named Bastardino. As the creativity blossoms with this doll, however, so does the concern.

The TokiDoki Barbie is covered head-to-toe in semi-traditional Barbie style. She is strutting her stuff in silver stilettos, leopard-print leggings, a hot pink mini-skirt and a shirt displaying a heart and crossbones. Though she comes with accessories like other Barbies do, her neck, full back and arm tattoos are unacceptable.

The obesity rate in the U.S. has grown exponentially since 1959, and in today's society, it approaches epidemic proportions. Beauty and fashion have changed over the years, and so has Barbie's style - but not her size. Young girls should strive to be healthy and not try to reach the media's portrayal of perfection. They should have a sound grasp on reality, and Barbie should be modified to give girls an accurate ideal of what a woman should be like.

The Barbie doll has been an icon - the ideal role model for girls with her perfect body, hair, family, friends, jobs and fashion-forward trends. Made for girls to dress-up and play with, these dolls can be fun. When girls believe Barbie is the mold for perfection, however, problems unfold. Young girls don't always understand that this doll, with its unattainable figure, is not meant to be a role model.


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