Netizens have rounded up “real-life Barbies” from around the world the world! Chinesetaiwan.org recently released photos of the popular online Barbie dolls, dubbing this syndrome a “Global Barbie Disease.” Many of these women are not from Asia, but focus on anime beauty standards, featuring improbably wide eyes, large pupils and youthful appearance.
1. Anastasiya Shpagina - Ukraine’s live doll. The 20 year old spends about two hours on her make-up everyday and strives to become a real life anime character.
7. Andy Santana – Andy has been gaining an online following for her cute costumes.
Some of these looks are more extreme than others, but netizens are concerned with the unrealistic goals of achieving doll-like proportions and anorexia. Reporters comment that the “Lolita” look, emphasizing large eyes (often achieved through oversized contact lenses) and porcelain pink skin, has been a trend in Japan for years. However, it seems like because of the accessibility of the internet, many of the “Global Barbie Disease victims” are now from all over the world.
(source: big5.chinataiwan.org, www.lacarmina.com)