In a recent Oprah.com article, author Amy Bloom writes an open letter to women titled “Dear Every Woman I know, Including Me.”
In the article, Bloom explores the world of body image and self-esteem in the media.
This is not a tirade against the tabloids or the beauty industry. The tabloids produce crap, but people (mostly women) buy it: pictures of the overweight (they’ve let themselves go!), the enhanced and shapely (you, too, can look like this if you eat garlic and grapefruit!), and the shame-on-her-for-getting-too-skinny (as if no tabloid editor can imagine how a six-foot starlet came to think 130 pounds is obese). The beauty industry sees opportunity and shoots for it. The question is, how do we keep ourselves from being the opportunity, from seeing the mirror—and food, and other women—as the enemy? And how do we make all this stuff less terrible for our daughters, our nieces, the 19-year-old who feels her life will be ruined without breast implants?
This leads us to the photo above. Photographer Matthew Rolston shows us what former Ford model Katie Halchishick would have to go through to look like a Barbie doll. According to an article on Shine from Yahoo!, she would have to get…
…a brow lift, a jaw line shave, rhinoplasty, a cheek and neck reduction, a chin implant, scooped-out shoulders, a breast lift, liposuction on her arms, and tummy tuck, which would also have to be sculpted as if it were lined in whale-bone from the inside. And that’s just the half of her.
And to think, there are women out there that actually do this to themselves! What do you think? Is it worth it? Do you need Barbie’s proportions?
Bloom goes on to end her article with the perfect words.
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.