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Updated Feb 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Final Word: Barbie impossible to measure up to because she's not real

This may be my favorite story of the day but not because it's about Barbie.

I was never much of a doll girl, and with Barbie's collection of fantastic clothing, beautiful friends and sports cars galore, I have to admit, I was a little jealous.

But, word is out, and the cover photo has been leaked. Barbie has won the coveted Sports Illustrated swim edition cover spot.

Yep, there she is in all of her perfectly tanned, hinged- hip, no-nipple glory in a black and white bikini.

And, yep, the social media world is talking about it, with the hashtag #unapologetic.

Of course, the criticism is obvious.

Putting a Barbie doll on the cover of SI's swimsuit edition is a grab for attention.

Barbie's proportions, in case you haven't read this kind of story before, are (gasp) unreal. If Barbs were a real girl, she would be 6 feet tall, weigh 100 pounds and wear a size 4. Her measurements would be 39-18-33.

There was actually a study done at Yale AND at Duke to come up with those figures.

It's funny that we feel need to study that, isn't it? I can take one look at Barbie and tell you she's not representative of a real woman.

I have friends who have acted professionally and modeled around the world. None of them looks like Barbie. And I think, when talking about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, THAT should be the point.

Look, the criticism of magazines and depictions of women in general is that they depict unreal pictures. Because they do. They often airbrush EVEN the likes of Kate Upton, Jessica Biel and Gisele Bundchen, and they are as close to humanly perfect as is possible.

So, I think it's pretty funny that they put Barbie up there. Because she's NOT real. Do we need anything more than that?

Your daughters will compare themselves and there's only so much you can do about it. You hope they realize they are beautiful no matter what size their thighs are and whether or not their hair is just right.

It might be an easier argument to make when the girl on the cover is literally made of plastic.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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