Everyone embellishes their lives on Instagram. Shots of us on vacation, at work or showing off a new outfit are "artistic" and "painfully cool". We all want to appear successful, happy and totally thoughtful and deep on our personal, social accounts. We're all guilty of trying too hard sometimes. And this brilliant parody account dubbed "Hipster Barbie" gives us a big, plastic finger in an attempt to get us to see how inauthentic our "#authentic" lives are on social media. Barbie has always been the pinnacle of perfection. Her body and look are still envied to this day. Now that big online followings are newly in-Vogue, barbie has to keep up too. Are the hip and cool personas we use to communicate online making us plastic too?
The social commentary gained from these staged photos of a barbie doll doing tragically hip things is actually profound. Just look at the hashtags, #livefolk, #liveauthentic, #adventure. It begs the question...how long did it take for her to get that photo? We all know how many failed selfies we have trapped in the depths of our iPhone camera rolls. How is that living authentically? Paying for overpriced coffees and selfie sticks in order to achieve an aloof photo like the one above makes us all realize how ridiculous some of our online habits are.
but am I just trying too hard?That's what this account does beautifully...it makes us examine why we put so much effort into our online lives.
Was I trying to document my trip, or just trying to look cool?Look at me. I look deep, stylish and effortlessly moody. But there was a lot of effort behind this picture. Does that make me fake?I'm not sure how to answer that questionIf we were really "having adventures" and "living in the moment" we wouldn't even have our phones with us.
I am just as plastic as Barbie.But that doesn't mean we're bad people.