Beauty v. Truth

Posted on 03/18/10

Ok, look at this ad quickly...

barbie ad

 

Looks normal right?

 

Yeah, these aren't human beings, they are Barbie dolls.

Thanks to the blog Sociological Images, for highlighting the find from Sarah Barnes at Uplift, an online magazine.

Honesty is a virtue - as is beauty, arguably. But wow, are these two ideas in conflict here. What's freaking me out (and other women) is that at first glance we don't even notice that the women are fake. We're that used to seeing airbrushed models that we just see this as yet another display ad for some fashion show or product.  

This is problematic. While I don't need to see rolls of fat on models either, it's probably time to acknowledge that, in the quest for "perfection," we've lost touch with reality.

blog comments powered by Disqus