Short Story Instyle's Barbie Q

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“Beauty. At the mention of this word, most girls are inclined to take a quick look into a compact mirror or run a few fingers through their hair, sizing themselves up with the nearest advertisement featuring a flawless bottle blonde.” The fascination of women willing to spend hours in the bathroom to be prepared for the day to look like a model when only traveling to the corner store. Most would not even walk out of the house without makeup on in fear they will be judged by their appearance. The short story, Barbie Q, also shows the concept of girls trying to be “perfect.” It shows two girls trying to dress up their dolls to look top notch. They spend some much money on clothing, shoes, and accessories, even though they come from a low income family, just to make the doll look their best. When society focuses on the image of trying to be the next Barbie, they aren’t realizing how that’s changing them physically and emotionally.
As stated from fashion magazine, InStyle, “the average woman drops a cool $15,000 total during her lifetime on products, with $3,700 of that going toward mascara alone! Eye shadows and lipsticks were also popular picks, with a
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The girls got more dolls; however, the dolls smelled like smoke and had some burns on them, but they didn’t care since they could just hide them. “Barbie’s MOD’ern cousin Francie with real eyelashes..has a left foot that’s melted a little..If you dress her in her new ‘Prom Pinks’ outfit..long as you don’t lift her dress..-who’s to know.” (Citation) This conveys the idea of how woman tries to hide their imperfections. Because of one default on their body, they have to cover it up or put layers of makeup on it to look “beautiful” again. They see models with no hideous marks on their body, makeup looking perfect, and they’re dressed very fancy, so girls would try to copy that in order to be a
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