Katie Halchishick Depicts Barbie Vs. Reality In O Magazine

Amelia McDonell-Parry | October 13, 2011 - 9:20 am

This is Katie Halchishick, one of the founders of the blog Healthy Is The New Skinny. She was photographed for the November issue of O magazine covered in the dotted lines that would be made by a plastic surgeon prior to cosmetic surgery. She’s clutching a Barbie doll and the lines on her nude flesh — the first time O has featured a nude model — indicate what she would have to have cut away in order to have Barbie’s figure. Shot by famed photographer Matthew Rolston, the concept — that Barbie’s body does not at all reflect the measurements of real women —  may not be especially “new,” but it’s certainly the most striking depiction that I’ve ever seen. The image is accompanied by a letter to “Every Woman” from novelist Amy Bloom, in which she writes, “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed.  And you are beautiful.” [Healthy Is The New Skinny]