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October 13, 2009 / Katie

Barbie has cankles

Yes, really. In this Broadsheet article about fatphobia in the fashion industry we read:

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin, meanwhile, has of late been grappling with the nightmare of creating something special for perennial fashionista Barbie. A spokesman for Louboutin told WWD yesterday that when designing for the doll, whose ankles measure under a quarter of an inch, “He found her ankles were too fat.”

So, apparently Barbie has cankles.

This leads to an interesting question: is it even possible for women to meet cultural beauty standards? I think that the answer is quite clearly a resounding “no.”

Good thing some of us have chosen to aspire to other standards of beauty.

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  1. noceleryplease / Oct 14 2009 6:52 am

    Seriously? A standard of beauty SO RIGID even BARBIE can’t meet it?

  2. Sixwing / Oct 14 2009 7:57 am

    Wow. Just… wow.

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