If you’re just tuning in, Mattel created the inevitable, a Yoga Teacher Barbie made exclusively for Target as part of the “I can be…” line, which ended up looking a bit more like Paris Hilton at a pajama party. While some cheered the plastic lady yogini for bringing yoga awareness to kids, others ridiculed Babs for insensitivities to real women body proportions, being stereotypically thin, white and blonde and for her a cute yet befuddling down-dogging chihuahua. Woof!
Sure Barbie is Barbie, and she’s been loved by little girls as long as she’s been criticized, generally for perpetuating unhealthy body images and stereotypes. But since the “I can be…” line was designed to “ignite a national movement to inspire girls” according to Barbie.com, we understand why people take it a little more personally when an intended role model for a practice teaching self-acceptance and contentment is sashaying around with a whittled waist, giraffe-like neck, in full makeup on her tippy toes.
So we figured we’d open the question up to you. What if you could design your own yoga Barbie (or Ken)? What would she/he look like?* We posted the same question to our twitter and facebook page and received responses like these:
wear less makeup
flat feet, bigger arms, and no chihuahua
an Afro and be sweaty from hot vinyasa flow!
no make up, hair done in a more practical do, less ‘trendy’ outfit…and no tiny dog!
she’d be the right size and shape to fit in all her internal organs
a real woman
*the question is intended to celebrate all of our real bodies and differences, ones we can be proud of and in an ideal world see represented in our dolls (toys, yes, but sometimes in effect role models) especially as yoga folks.
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