Wednesday, May 22, 2013


REAL girl's face, with the BARBI doll that launched her dreams, the dreams of umpteen million girls.

REAL GIRL -- she's had more than one hundred surgeries -- spent more than $100,000 (plastic surgeon guesstimate) on face, boobs, waist, thighs, legs, arms, neck and of course, her hair.

BARBI in one of her beach outfits, holding a bottle of SPF.

BARBI'S face. (on Barbie doll package)

REAL GIRL, after spending an hour on putting on her BARBI makeup.

The pictures tell the story, more than my going on and on about this obsession, my gasps, or my wondering what this is doing to womankind. 

This announcer, and psychiatrist consultant, sum it up.


Maureen Jacobs said...

Perhaps the bigger issue is why the plastic surgeon doesn't refer this young lady to a psychiatrist? I'm not saying plastic surgery is bad....but doing ANYTHING for the wrong reason should be addressed. Perhaps this young lady has self esteem issues. Plastic surgery is not an option for me at this point in my life. The dear Lord gave me all my perfections and imperfections. I wear them with pride. There is a point when people obsess to the point of, dare I say, mental defect. We need to focus on the way we feel inside prior to focusing on the outside.

Carola said...

A really good book by Barbara Kingsolver called Pigs in Heaven has a character who is a human Barbie, also obsessed with Barbie. Listening to her in an audio version of the book is quite an experience

Anonymous said...

WOW! How could any girl do this to her body? This shows the extreme makeover ever. Must be an obsession with this woman to do this to herself. She does look quite like the Barbie doll though, almost scary. thanks for sharing-I had no idea. kam

Anonymous said...

Too ghastly to even look at. Yes, she should have been referred to a psychiatrist but I'd imagine the plastic surgeon just wanted the money so it was never going to happen. I love my wrinkles. I love the character and experience that shows in my face. Diana Rigg once said: "I let Coral Browne be a warning. She had her face done to the extent that when she smiled it was a terrible effort to get the lips back over her teeth again."

Anonymous said...

Sad and scary. Bad enough that one woman is obsessed enough to carve herself into a replica of a doll, but worse that little girls are seeing Barbie as the physical ideal.
No wonder women (I was going to write, in North America, but it's a Russian girl who has transformed herself, including removal of ribs to make her waist slimmer) SO
No wonder women have body image issues.
Add to that the low esteem with which women are held in some cultures and it's a miracle any of us ever grow up half normal.
Perhaps we're all faking it.
Louise Sorensen
louise3anne twitter

Barbara said...

I agree with Maureen. Are there doctors with ethics anymore? Apparently, money speaks louder than crazy. Upon hearing her request, the plastic surgeon should have turned her down and referred her to a psychiatrist.
I'm glad I didn't become obsessed with the dolls I played with as a child. I was a tomboy and played G.I Joes with my brother. I could be a musclebound, bearded lady with a big scar down my cheek right now:)

Dustspeck said...

The face that I always thought most closely resembled that of the Doll-Barbie was the character face that Carolyn Jones used in her role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family. To actually achieve the look of a plastic sculpture like that on purpose; for less than a theatrical effect, seems odd. I'm pretty sure Carolyn wasn't going for that look back then but I've wondered if the face of the doll was based on a particular individual.

kitjoegia said...

Awful how one has to completely emulate an image of someone that does not even exist. I find the man that made himself into the Ken Doll is far worse.

Maureen Jacobs said...

I feel as though not only is society to blame, but also the surgeons. As a physician, they have the responsibility to ensure that the patient is choosing the elective surgery for the right reasons. A doctor has been trained to see the body as a whole. Sure, take my 100 grand, but can he not see the simmering self esteem issues lying below the surface. Are physicians so blind to the bigger question of WHY? I understand the need for plastic surgery. I applaud those who brave the pain and suffering to ensure a maintained body that may need it for repair, replacement, and or just plain enhancing. What I really cannot fathom is those like Ms. Courtney Stodden, who is barely 20 and has had more plastic surgery than most folks have had by 60. She was a beautiful young lady, she is now on display with her massive enhancements and tweaks, she is barely the likeness of her pre-surgery self. The bigger question, again, is the reasons behind this incessant need. Ask yourself why.