Barbie 's Days Of Development And Character Production Essay

1196 Words May 27th, 2016 5 Pages
When Ruth designed Barbie, she almost wanted her to be perfect, both physically and in lifestyle. In Barbie 's days of development and character production there were factors that affected how the doll was going to look to portray a certain life. Although they are seen as little things, Ruth wanted the doll to be an image to guide girls to adulthood. Those factors were that “the doll would be pretty, but not to the point the girl feels insecure. [Ruth] thought of the doll as a teen fashion model and to be a teeny-tiny mannequin, made with curves to enhance the way the clothes hang on them. [Ruth] only wanted beautiful, well made clothes [for her doll]” (Stone 26). Ruth’s reason for that high standard was simply because she “believed a girl might [want to have this] as a teenager” (Stone 26). Unknowingly she set a very high standard for girls and teenagers through the eyes of a doll. When she said the doll would “be pretty but not to point that girls feel insecure,” she had not realized that little girls had no clue of what passed as beauty or what the standard at that time was, and Barbie would be one of the first images of “beauty” they would see. Along with that fact, Ruth already thought that “a girl might [want to have this lifestyle]” as a teen. Though she did not fully realize the consequence of how far some girls and teens would go to obtain the dolls “teen fashion model” aesthetic, some cases ending in Barbie Syndrome. What Ruth wanted was a doll for girls to be able…

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