Ever wondered what Barbie looks like without makeup?
Wonder no more, as this image was definitely created to address that point. A graphic designer decided to strip Barbie of all her slap, picturing the iconic doll as if she's just emerged from her slumber: no mascara or concealer in sight. Gone are the perfectly formed lips, the immaculate eyeshadow and stuck-on lashes, in favour of a tired, saggy and spotty complexion. Barbie even wears braces on her slightly yellowing teeth, because nobody is born with gnashers that perfect. Can you imagine if girls were to play with dolls that look like this, instead of the unrealistic figures I adored as an 8 year old? Do we need to bring Barbie into 2013, or leave her where she is as an aspirational (yet unrealistic) beauty icon? Are we reading into this too much, a bit of harmless fun, or does this bring to life a much harder-hitting discussion... I'd love to hear your thoughts.