Does Barbie contribute to an unhealthy and sometimes life threatening obsession with beauty? Galia Slayen, a college sophomore, created a life size version of America’s beloved toy to raise the discussion and awareness of body image issues and eating disorders.
Galia Slayen is a college sophomore who created a life size Barbie to raise the discussion around distorted images of beauty that surround developing young boys and girls.
Galia says she suffered from an eating disorder and says Barbie, while a factor influencing her ideas of perfection and beauty, was not the only thing to push her into an unhealthy obsession with beauty.
In order to raise a discussion Galia, with the help of a friend, constructed a life size version of Barbie with comparable proportions to the actual 11.5 inch doll back in 2007 for her local high school for the first National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. She is currently displaying the doll at her local college to raise awareness of body image issues and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Watch the video provided by NBC to learn more about Galia and the discussion she raises.
Do you think Galia raises some valid points? Do you think Barbie is just a doll and people need to lay off America’s beloved fictional children’s toy? What do you think?
For more information about eating disorders, visit National Eating Disorders Association at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.