So I just heard there is a new human Barbie. Her name is Angelica Kenova and she’s a 26-year-old Russian model.
She tells News.Au.Com – “When I turned six, my mum started buying me collectible Barbie dolls and enthusiastically dressing me up like one.” She goes on to say “My mother loved Barbie’s slender beauty, golden curls, cute face and beautiful clothes. My mother inspired me and urged me to be exactly the same. I would pose in the mirror for hours and put on performances for my parents’ friends. Everyone nicknamed me the ‘Russian Barbie.'”
She goes on to talk about how she and her parents are proud of her modeling work and she believes that she is “perfect.” However, when I look at her small frame (which she claims has had no plastic surgery) I see pain and insecurities. I don’t want young girls to see picture of her and think they need to look like this to be “perfect.” Perfection doesn’t exist!
If she wanted to be herself I would applaud her. But she is telling us she wants to be a doll – a barbie. Also, how she looks isn’t natural. If it was, I would celebrate her. I believe in natural beauty in all forms – thin, curvy, short, tall, black, white, Russian, American. I truly hope she is happy but something in me tells me she couldn’t possibly be. What do you guys think? Do you guys agree with her? Does she have the “perfect” body? Sound off below.
UPDATE: Adding an update to this post based on some of the comments I got below. In particular, a lovely woman named Alanna who wanted me to look at the bigger picture when viewing these images. Here is what I told her below:
I want to you know that I am not judging her because she is a woman. I would feel the same way about her if she were a man. There is a man who claims he has the “perfect” male body and refers to himself as the Human Ken doll and I also believe that the message he sends young men is a toxic one. I really don’t consider myself a judgmental person, but I feel strongly against people (both men and women) being so obsessed about looks. Vanity is a disease this country faces in my mind. SO many people talking countless selfies and using hundreds of filters to “perfect” their look.
I want people to celebrate intelligence and kindness! Wouldn’t it be incredible if she were celebrating her “perfect” mind or “perfect” heart!?!? And don’t get me wrong I also think we should celebrate our bodies, but her body is not natural. Nothing about her look is. I hope my niece Lennon never sees these pictures and never thinks this is what she should strive to be. By calling her body perfect, is she saying that yours isn’t? That mine isn’t? Or that everyone else in the world who isn’t a size double zero isn’t? It would be a completely different story if she said “my body is perfect for ME” That I would understand.
Hope you see where I am coming from now and know that I am still that girl you watched on the Bachelorette. If anything, I believe is empowering women ever MORE now. But these aren’t empowering images. To me they are posters for VANITY.