The Barbie Effect: Longing To Be Perfect

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The iconic Barbie doll will turn 54 on March 9th.  Before Disney became the merchandising machine that it is today, there was Barbie.  And she was perfect.  She had an amazing body, sun-kissed blonde hair, a dream house, a pink Corvette, an amazing career, and an outfit for every occasion.  And if that wasn’t enough, she had Ken, the perfect man to share it with. Continue reading

Challenging Unrealistic Images of Beauty

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My daughter has the most gorgeous dark, curly hair.  It’s one of the first things that people notice about her.  It’s also the thing that she likes the least about herself.  Since she turned 4, she has a fit every time I want her to wear it out.  “It’s too puffy, it looks crazy, I hate it,” she says.  I don’t know what surprised me more—the fact that she didn’t like her beautiful hair, or that I was dealing with self-image issues at such an early age.  At six, I thought the biggest dilemma she would have is worrying about how much cash the tooth fairy would leave her (she insists that each tooth is worth $20!).  Certainly not concern that her vest makes her look too puffy.  Where is this coming from? Continue reading