Barbie May Be In Her 50s But She Looks Like A Tired 17-Year-Old Without Makeup

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barbie without makeupIn yet another adage about makeup aging a person (see Courtney Stodden for examples), a photo of “Barbie without makeup” is making the Internet rounds. And without her schlack of war paint, I dare say Barbie doesn’t look a day older than 17. Okay, maybe a hard partying 17.

The iconic doll that never fails to spur a heated parenting convo pertaining to body image, feminism, and every other which plight of American girls is going natural. At least in the vision of graphic designer Eddi Aguirre, who reportedly posted his version of fresh-faced Barbie on Imgur. Although online comments are quick to cite “meth” and “the morning after,” I don’t think Barbie looks all that rough. With the braces and freckles, she looks like she and Skipper could have kicked around the same party last night — and maybe a little too late. 

This is where my new associate editor, Eve Vawter, and I have a very serious and profound editorial disagreement — because Eve says she looks like she’s been logging in those hours not at the beer keg but at the PTA with her four kids. It would appear that one lady’s “I’ve Been Up All Night Cramming For The SATs” look is another woman’s “Tired Mom.”