Human Barbie dolls are cropping up all over world, but one father wants to stop young girls in their tracks from jumping on the plastic beauty bandwagon. He is beginning with his own daughters, according to Christian Science Monitor.
The spotlight on the latest person to emulate the classic toy doll is Lolita Richi. The 16-year-old high school student of Ukrainian descent denies that she has gone under the knife to achieve “near-perfect” proportions: 32-F bra-size, 20-inch waist and the Barbie doll wide-eyed look. However, Dr. Anthony Youn, an esteemed plastic surgeon out of Michigan, says in his professional opinion, it is “nearly impossible” to achieve human Barbie-like features naturally.
The guest blogger leans on Youn’s opinion, and was moved by Richi’s story in a troubling way. As a father with daughters, he believes men are the best shapers of their self-image – both positively and negatively.
Oftentimes, girls who act out or turn to artificial means to bolster their confidence and shape their perception of beauty are affected – to some degree – by the relationship – or lack thereof – with their fathers.
Men, who fail to get this stage of their daughter’s life just right, run the risk of them desiring to become human Barbie creations in some form or fashion.
The conscientious dad’s letter to his daughter’s is profound.
To my daughters,
Today, I had an opportunity to read something that really put things in perspective for me regarding our children, especially our daughters.
So, I thought if I would ask my daughters what they needed to hear most often from their daddy, they would probably share something like this:
‘I love you’
‘You look beautiful today.’
‘You’re going to do great today.’
‘I’ll always love you no matter what you do.’
‘You can talk to me about anything.’
‘Having you was one of the best days of my life.’
The daddy and daughter relationships can be central to shaping a girl’s future. It teaches a daughter about love, real love. It helps with her confidence and guides her in her own relationship decisions. It is an amazing feeling for a young girl to know she has a daddy who will protect her, love her, and encourage her.
Mothers, grandparents, and other relatives can be key too, especially if there is no father figure directly present. Although I didn’t grow up with my dad in the home with me, I wish I could have talked to him about some things to get a better understanding than what I have today. But, I praise God for the fathers that He did surround me with and great examples that were just a phone call away. But even with that, I wanted more.
A young girl needs daily reminders of just how awesome she is and how much she is adored by the people she loves the most. Believe it or not, it means even more when it comes from her daddy.
I truly love my daughters, all of them, including my own biological daughters, and those who came through marriage or ministry … and the list goes on.
I want you to know that I’m very proud of who you have become – women of virtue, strong providers, full of wisdom and generous – as we learn from the ancient Proverbs.
You all mean so much to me. Alright? Well if you don’t know, now you know.
Love you much,
Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukrainian model and singer, is largely credited with popularizing the human Barbie doll obsession. The Moldavian-Ukrainian self-described educator, who practices principles of breatharianism (a diet of water and air alone), advocates being beautiful by any means necessary.
The real-life Barbie doll has undergone numerous plastic surgeries and body augmentation procedures to transform her into the toy doll made by Mattel.
Perhaps, the burden on fathers to shape their daughter’s image of self-love and inner-beauty is an enormous undertaking. However, according to PsychCentral, a father-daughter relationship that is healthy can go a long way in creating her future outlook. On the contrary, one that is absent or lacking a nurturing relationship, runs the risk of her looking for love in all the wrong places and becoming a human Barbie.
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