Not So Great Shape Grandma Barbie

Are You in Great Shape?

Not So Great Shape Grandma with Barbie

As opposed to Great Shape Barbie?

I’m the Not So Great Shape Grandma Barbie – but I’m overcoming my struggles with body image. Do you want to know why?

As a teenage-fashion model, I worked in an industry with beauty standards few could attain and even fewer could keep.

During that time I weighed myself daily and agonized over every real and imagined blemish. Who wants to live like that? Certainly, I don’t.

In the real world, eating “Häagen-Dazs” is not a crime.

So what if we’re not seven feet tall and seventy pounds like the girls in the fashion magazines. The average fashion model is a size four. The average REAL woman is a size 14 with curvy hips, a rounded stomach and an ample bosom. Real women are not on magazine covers. Real Women are at Walmart.

When Great Shape Barbie came out in 1983, I was still in great shape.

But now that I’m in my fifties, just getting into the Unitard and leg warmers was a sweaty workout.


Yes, my stomach does lie next to me while I sleep (almost like a pet)

My spider vein on my legs look like a road map to Milwaukee and by the numerous laugh lines on my face you’d think that I spend all my waking hours watching I Love Lucy episodes.

Grandma Barbie and I may not have the tiny waist or flat tummies of our yesteryears, but we’re okay with that. I wear my Fitbit and try to walk every day.

I’m doing the best I can and that’s okay. How about you?

Do You Remember Leggings?

More to read:  Living Beyond Barbie

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  • Tammy Prock Fishback - What’s better than I Love Lucy?  I know I need to exercise more (my flapping arms remind me daily).  You are an inspiration to all of us on here.  Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lola Montez - Is that doll the “Happy Family” grandmother doll? I wish you’d identify each doll you use to represent family members! (I love this project!)ReplyCancel

    • tonya ruiz - Yes, That is the “Happy Family” Grandma doll. Thank for the encouragement. It has been a fun project. Problem is, I have a Grandma brain. The grandkids might remember which doll is which. If I recognize the doll – I will try to add it to the photo. Ha!ReplyCancel