Get Real Barbie.

The Life-Size Barbie created by Hamilton College student Galia Slayen.

Galia, who battled anorexia for a year, made Life-Size Barbie with chicken wire, wood and papier mache for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week to start a conversation about body image and show little girls that this shit isn’t realistic. Galia said that she idolized Barbie as a little girl and doesn’t blame the plastic doll for her eating disorder, but “she’s one small factor, an environmental factor. I’m blond and blue-eyed and I figured that was what I was supposed to look like. She was my idol. It impacted the way I looked at myself.”

Life-Size Barbie is 6′ tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist and 33″ hips.

What do you think of the Get Real Barbie? I think its a good way to show girls that there are a lot of images projected that are not realistic. But without people in general changing and the social media I think Barbie is a tiny cog in a huge wheel churning out little girls with esteem issues.

I wasn’t allowed to have Barbie’s when I was young due to the poor self image they give. But it didn’t take long for my peers, adults and the media to tell me exactly how I was supposed to look like and made me feel self conscious.  Raising awareness is always good and if nothing else I think Get Real Barbie can start a discussion about self acceptance and helping your kids be proud of who they are.

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