Title: The Doll Project
Author: Tiffany Gholar
Published Date: March 23rd 2014
Genre: Photo / Documentary / Study
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Is Barbie to blame for giving girls body image issues, or are there larger forces at work? The Doll Project explores the influence of visual culture and societal norms while caricaturing and satirizing unattainable standards of beauty. In a world where girls gather online to remind each other that “nothing tastes as good as thin feels” and diet ads ask “what will you gain when you lose,” even Barbie is never thin enough. The Doll Project dramatizes this quest for perfection in miniature. Each picture tells a story from my perspective as an ambivalent doll collector who has a love/hate relationship with the fashion industry.
The photographs in this series show how both the iconic fashion doll and the fashion world around her have changed in the decades since her introduction, and culminate in a dynamic poster designed to remind women and girls to love and accept themselves no matter what they look like.
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*
This is a very interesting book and looks at issues that are especially relevant to me as I am dealing with the “this makes me look fat” issues of a 15 year old who, although barely within healthy weight limits, constantly questions her appearance and the way society see’s her.
The photography in these pages is clever and the words are though provoking but at time I found myself unable to completely connect with the writer’s style hence the four stars.
The fact’s are frightening and pretty much beyond dispute and the idea of a skeletal doll with a regular doll’s head was really quite ingenious.
This to me would be a wonderful “coffee table book”. I think many an interesting discussion could be had even if just a few pages were looked at and I am very tempted to see if I can convince my daughter to take a look!
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