Life in Plastic

Human Barbie Dolls promote unhealthy living

By Casey Samyn, Campus Life Editor

By Casey Samyn, Campus Life Editor

If Barbie were a real person, she would not be able to stand up due to her body proportions, yet many women still aspire to have the perfect “Barbie” body.

The newest Barbie girl is Lolita Richie from Kiev, Ukraine. She is only 16 years old and claims that she has never had surgery—that her 32F breasts and 20-inch waist are natural.

“If a girl doesn’t have beautiful eyes, then they should wear contact lenses to sort it out. If they have a crooked nose, then she must do something about it, whether that’s plastic surgery or not,” said Richie.

The world is still obsessed with having the perfect body. Richie is the youngest Barbie girl around to date, which leaves many people concerned about this self-proclaimed role model for the next generation of women.

Along with Richie, Valeria Lukyanova, 28, is another Barbie wannabe also from Ukraine. Lukyanova claimed the only surgery she has ever had was to enhance her breasts, and that her 19-inch waist is completely natural and was inherited from her mother.

If Barbie were a real person, it has been calculated that she would weight roughly 110 pounds. Lukyanova weighs less than 93 pounds and has said that Barbie is a human idol. She has recently adopted the term “breatharian,” or someone who lives off of light and air and does not need to eat or drink.

“In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all; I’m hoping it’s the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone,” said Lukyanova.

Lukyanova also claims that in the 1950s and 1960s women did not need surgery because they were already beautiful, but that has changed with the rise of interracial couples. What she does not know about those women in the 50s and 60s is that they were not suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) because Photoshop did not exist then. BDD is a condition where the subject of the disorder thinks about their flaws for several hours a day. The sufferer goes to extreme measures to fix their flaws and are never happy with the outcome. BDD cases have increased since photo editing software programs have become more and more popular.

The media did not plaster images of women clad in little more than string bikinis everywhere they could during that time. Many people might say that BDD is just something that women suffer from, that men are above eating disorders, or that women are the only ones unfairly portrayed in today’s pop culture. Do not forget what male models for Calvin Klein look like, or the Abercrombie & Fitch bags sporting shirtless men in low-rise pants.

Justin Jedlica proves to everyone that had any doubts about BDD being a female specific issue wrong. He believes that he is the human Ken doll.

When asked about Lukyanova, he said, “I don’t really get her. I don’t get why people think she’s so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She’s an illusionist.”

Yet, when asked about his 140 cosmetic surgeries, Jedlica said that he has taken extensive measures to actually become Ken.

People who take their BDD to extreme levels are leaving everyone wondering how body image has become so important to some people and why mental health professionals are not helping out more people.