Yesterday was the 50th birthday of an American Icon- Barbie!
There is a lot of controversy surrounding this American Beauty. She has been transformed so many times – from the 50’s hoop skirt and All-American girl to Disney Princesses; and now they are even giving Barbie Tattoos and body piercing.
Besides the issue of what kind of example that sets for our children, (just look at the famous “Barbie Twins” with admitted eating disorders and Sarah Burge, the self-proclaimed “real life Barbie” who has had nearly a half million dollars in plastic surgery to transform herself into what she sees as the “perfect” body). As an Image Consultant I am concerned when we see Barbie, who is supposed to represent All-American and youthful beauty, being transformed into something mainstream and low-class looking. Having tattoos and body piercing certainly will not help young people when it comes time for them to find a job. By making it appear so accepted that “even Barbie is doing it” we are sending the wrong message to our youth. We’re telling them that tattoos are acceptable for wholesome young women.
What do you think? In our society, are tattoos acceptable for an all-American young girl or woman?