Ciotka Kena is very beautiful. Someone should do a magazine editorial with Kelsey Olson or Shannon Marie or Katherine Roll or Justine Legault having them embody a brought-to-life Barbie. It would be a fun, colourful editorial. The trick would be to do it straight, not tongue-in-cheek; playfully, but not sarcastically; enjoying the delicious girlishness of a Barbie aesthetic, but using it to celebrate plus-size beauty.
By the way, I read something interesting about the Body Shop's splendid "Ruby" campaign and why it ended so abruptly. According to this brand-new article,
it ended because Mattel opposed it legally:
A memorable campaign by Roddick in 1997 sought to raise self-esteem in women and fight media stereotyping of women. The Body Shop created a doll in the likeness of a Barbie doll but with a life-like voluptuous figure and luxuriant red hair, that came with the tag line, “There are three billion women who don’t look like supermodels and only eight who do.”
Her name was Ruby, a life-size plastic doll that the toy company Mattel thought looked too much like their star product – Barbie.
Although Mattel initiated legal action and the campaign was eventually stopped, it showed that Roddick was not averse to facing controversy head-on when it came to addressing issues important to herself and The Body Shop.
That absolutely amazes me. Ruby had red hair, not blonde, and possessed a gorgeously full figure, not a stick-thin frame. How could Mattel have won any lawsuit claiming that the doll resembled Barbie? Just about any other doll on the market resembles Barbie more than Ruby did! Does Mattel own the copyright on the concept of a "doll"? I doubt it.
What a pity. I wish the Body Shop campaign had continued to the point where the company had actually produced such a doll in real life and sold it. I would have eagerly bought one for myself, and bought more for all my relatives' daughters.