A shout out to Mattel and Sports Illustrated for embracing beauty comes in all sizes. Mattel has launched the newest Barbie who comes in petite, curvy and tall. She even has feet that can wear flats! Interestingly Barbie was created as a gag gift for men’s bachelor party. Who knew that this alarmingly unrealistic figure would become the most purchased doll in the world.
The swim suit issue of Sports Illustrated has also been an icon for beauty standards. This year the cover features Ashley Graham, a plus sized supermodel and Rhonda Rousley, elite athlete. Rousley, who is has recovered from bulimia, is known for her body confidence, and now states “if anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.” Amen to that!
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.