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Gone are the days of smashing unrealistic beauty standards by posting the graphic that shows if Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours. Barbie is cool now, and so are her plastic legs and permanently high-heel shaped feet just in time for summer Instagram pics.
Please, take a moment to temporarily forget May’s obsession with hips and high-cut swim bottoms to fixate on “Barbie feet,” the latest go-to pose by all your favorite celebs who look good wearing anything, but especially while sporting flexed calves and ankle-less, sloped feet.
It appears that fashion blog Who What Wear was one of the first to cover the “Instagram epidemic.” However, I cannot figure out why Barbie feet are just now earning the name “Barbie feet”—some of these posts are from as far back as last spring. But these ladies sure look hot doin’ it! Or maybe they’re conventionally attractive women who would be just as gorgeous doing a flat-footed tromp through the sand, who’s to say.
Fear not, though, real women who are definitely not plastic but who also want to achieve that “I paid for these legs” look. Simply bare your feet (and legs until mid-torso, if possible), rotate your ankle so that you’ve got yourself a reverse cankle (where does the top of your foot end and your shin begin??!), and commit your toes to the follow through, all the while maintaining a relaxed toe pose so to not look like you’re waving at someone with your piggies. Remember, you want to look like you have Barbie’s feet, as if you too walk around on the balls of your feet like a plastic doll.
Like Barbie, this photo pose is timeless. Just check out Chrissy Teigen and her Barbie feet, years ago.
barbie feet always pic.twitter.com/kaxe8uG1hw— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 2, 2014
Apparently, First Lady Melania Trump also had a case of the Barbs last year, which is “why” she wore stilettos while getting on a plane to visit Texas during Hurricane Harvey. And everyone gave her shit for it! Because they can’t appreciate well-crafted Barbie feet.
Or perhaps all these women just have ridiculously high arches and aren’t just pointing their toes and flexing their calves? It definitely sounds like a thing.
I have super high arches (AKA Barbie feet) and I didn’t wear heels for a few days and am now at an emergency physio appointment because my foot is in agony.— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) December 11, 2017
I curse everyone who femme shames my heels. pic.twitter.com/d40Xw5BbL9
How exactly do women make their feet meld like barbie feet into heels and say its comfortable? Jealous and amazed all at the same time.— Jennifer Candlish (@Jen_Candlish) November 14, 2008
My feet hurt again. Where are my surgical tools and my spare Barbie feet? Also, I must find Tiny Flip Flops R Us.— Michelle Milliken (@MichelleyM) June 16, 2009
Anyway, please have fun with this gross foot trend. In the meantime, I will continue to try perfecting the art of just having hips.
H/T Deccan Chronicle
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.