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Barbie’s body shouldn’t set standards for real women

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Barbie, a doll with an unachievable body that so many of us played with as children might finally be taking human form. Ukrainian model, Valeria Lukyanova, looks scarily similar to the doll so many of us know and love.

Lukyanova is the subject of much debate as to whether she got her figure through plastic surgery or photoshop or whether her looks are natural like she says.

In photos posted on her Facebook page, she appears almost exactly like Barbie, with huge blue eyes, long blonde hair, large breasts and an unnaturally tiny waist. Likely, much of her plastic-like features can be attributed to a combination of plastic surgery and photo editing. Despite Lukyanova’s claims that her body is genuine and natural, there is still much question as to whether she’s real or not.

If a woman were to undergo plastic surgery to look like Barbie, she would need to endure some drastic and potentially dangerous changes. On “Good Morning America,” Dr. Anthony LaBruna, the director of Manhattan Plastic Surgery, said in order to look like Barbie, “A women needs to get breast enhancements to be a 38DD and cut some ribs out to get an 18-inch waist, make the hips wider and change her face.”

Regardless if she’s real or fake, she has undeniably set a standard that we can’t ignore. Now that a feat thought to be impossible has been achieved, who’s to say how many other women will begin forking out thousands of dollars to go under the knife just so they too can achieve that doll-like image?

Lukyanova’s sudden rise to fame is understandable considering the objectification of women in our society. However, I don’t think her image alone will change women’s depictions of themselves. Media has been feeding us pictures of the “ideal” woman for ages, portraying body shapes that are practically unattainable.

Unfortunately, many don’t realize how unhealthy it is to constantly go on crash diets and excessively exercise to reach these unrealistic goals. Numerous images of thin, flawless celebrities that we see on magazines and television on a daily basis are airbrushed to look flawless, thereby proving that even celebrities don’t necessarily possess the perfect bodies that we desire.

If you feel that you have to get surgery in order to be beautiful, you are mistaken. The phrase, “Nobody’s perfect,” might be cliché. However, in this case, it’s very accurate. No matter how much plastic surgery or binge diets you try, it’s quite possible that you will find something else that you want to change. We are our biggest critics, and if we learn to be less critical of ourselves, people will be much healthier and happier.

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