Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic: How Barbie Set Unrealistic Life Goals for Girls the World Over

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Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic: How Barbie Set Unrealistic Life Goals for Girls the World Over

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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our favourite doll Barbie turns 60 today. Feel old yet? She doesn’t. Why would she when her makers designed her to be ageless. In fact, this newly minted sexagenarian still looks 18. She’s not the first 60-year-old to look impossibly hot, but unlike Rekha she doesn’t gift wrap herself only in shiny Kanjeevarams while managing to look like a mafia don in dark shades. This one’s a babe. Barbie, when not donning her Indian avatar, is mostly in smart casuals and impossibly high heels and prefers remaining motionless.

The last time she tried walking, her 39-inch bust balanced delicately over her 19-inch waist brought her crashing down. She had to crawl on all fours and made you wonder how she managed the butt of a 13-year-old boy. But then you looked at her mouth permanently shut and insides that were completely hollow and gave a resigned sigh.

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