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Barbie’s Revege

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@SocalityBarbie

Waking up at 10am was so worth it to get that perfect light & fog. @SocalityBarbie

Barbie has received a lot of criticism over the years. She’s too perfect, her measurements are impossible to live up to, her professional aspirations are lacking, she’s sending the wrong message to little girls. We’ve all heard the complaints. But twin parody Instagram and Twitter accounts are not only making very smart fun of social media, they’re also showing that this Plastic Princess is in on the joke. This is the deliberately perfect world of Socality Barbie. Sure, Socality Barbie is perfect, but she’s also a perfect illustration of what’s wrong with what social media has become. Everything feels staged, artificial, entirely on the surface. But if you look around Instagram, you’ll realize that Barbie isn’t the only one guilty of this level of artifice.

As great as the pictures are (and they really are wonderful) it’s the captions that are killing me. They’re exactly the kind of noxious hipster, cooler-than-thou, believer-for-show, platitude-spewing bullshit that’s all over social media. They are perfect in their over-the-top vapidity and vanilla-ness. The endless hashtags are something to behold as well, but you’ll have to go to Instagram for those. It’s all very meta, but it’s truly hilarious in a beautifully subtle way.

The artist behind the curtain is a female wedding photographer in Portland, Oregon, who wishes to remain anonymous. I think she’s nuts, because there’s definitely at least one book in here. Maybe a series. She has, nonetheless, been interviewed a time or two:

“People were all taking the same pictures in the same places and using the same captions,” she says. “I couldn’t tell any of their pictures apart so I thought, ‘What better way to make my point than with a mass-produced doll?’”

@SocalityBarbie

She believed she could so she did. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

Don’t shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see him @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

Road trip. Ready for this weekends adventure in the mountains! @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

We took a break from technology this morning. It was only for like 10 minutes but it was exactly what we needed. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

Having coffee with this gem 💎 . Can I just say how amazing this girl is?! She keeps me grounded and inspires me to live my best authentic life. So glad we are in community together. I just wish she didn’t live all the way in LA. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

One day at a Times. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

How to Live Authentic: Chapter 3. How to wear a blanket. Weather you’re on a mountain top or in the middle of the desert chapter 3 will tell you how to wear your @sackclothxashes & @pendletonwm blanket the authentic way. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

So bummed my @sackclothxashes blanket didn’t fit in my suitcase. I could have really used it on this cool San Diego morning. I think…I’ve never actually tried using it for warmth before, just art. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

I love this community so much! I know many of you don’t live anywhere near me but I feel like we can truly do life together anyway. @SocalityBarbie

@SocalityBarbie

Taking a relaxing bath and feeling SO #BLESSED. @SocalityBarbie

Adventuring with this rad dude. This is Kent. He's a barista/model/writer/woodworker and probably one of the coolest people I know. @SocalityBarbie

Adventuring with this rad dude. This is Kent. He’s a barista/model/writer/woodworker and probably one of the coolest people I know. @SocalityBarbie

That 3 minute hike was so worth it. @SocalityBarbie

That 3 minute hike was so worth it. @SocalityBarbie

"Everyone you will ever instameet knows something you don't." @SocalityBarbie

“Everyone you will ever instameet knows something you don’t.” @SocalityBarbie

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Barbie’s Revege

  1. Bliss. I so identify with Socality Barbie.

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  2. Fantastic. The satire is very sharply spot on.

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  3. So perfect…I agree about the anonymity. I wouldn’t be able to keep some genius to myself! 😉

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  4. Absolutely priceless. I love the technology break and the 3 minute hike….

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  5. That 3 minute hike was so worth it.
    Pure zen. Pure vapid. Pure awesome.

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  6. Ahh, the hipster Barbie is adorable. I wish I had thought of it and I would not keep it to myself!

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