Pink Barbies are on exhibit at the SM City Cebu North Wing starting today until November 2, 2014. The famed dolls are said to be dressed by local fashion designers through the ICanServe Foundation to raise awareness on cancer.
While the advocacy behind the exhibit is commendable, the Barbie doll’s slim physique has been blamed to contribute to young girls hoping to mimic the unnatural figure. The pressure to be thin among girls is said to be prevalent among girls exposed to Barbie’s world. According to Dittmar, et al. (2006), “early exposure to dolls epitomizing an unrealistically thin body ideal may damage girls’ body image, which would contribute to an increased risk of disordered eating and weight cycling.”
The exhibit is expected to successfully generate the target funds of the sponsoring non-government organization. Hopefully, though, it won’t raise a collection of unnaturally thin women.
Dittmar, Helga, et al., “Does Barbie Make Girls Want to Be Thin? The Effect of Experimental Exposure to Images of Dolls on the Body Image of 5- to 8-Year-Old Girls”, Development Psychology 2006, Vol. 42, No. 2, 283–292.by