Barbie Photo Shoot

*This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll get a commission at no additional cost to you. On Barbie Gets Real, I recently created a Barbie Photo Shoot of Grandma Barbie taking photos of her Barbie – The World’s Smallest Barbie. It was my most popular post to date....

Barbie Babies

I have been adding to my Barbie collection and I wanted to add to my stash of Barbie babies. As a mother of four, and grandmother of ten, I knew that we would need babies to recreate our family and friends for my parallel plastic universe on my instagram Barbie Gets Real. Here are some...

Aging Gracefully or How to Embrace Aging

  I’m much more positive about aging in my fifties than I was in my thirties, when I first began to experience the second law of thermodynamics – and noticed that my body was indeed degenerating into a more disordered state. When I turned 30, I dug through a box of my modeling pictures and came...

Barbie Gets Real

Can Barbie Get Real? For many years I wrote and spoke about body image and I had a few Barbie Dolls that traveled with me. During my speeches, I would hold them up and say, “I believe these dolls set a standard for perfection that is unattainable for any human and gives your young daughters...

Success in Modeling?

Modeling is a tough business for anyone and especially a teenager. Two On The Town, a Los Angeles television show, did a feature on modeling. The introduction stated that it is not enough just to be beautiful—that height, weight and bone structure alone will not make you a model. They posed the question, “What does...

“So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”

I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood. We found a box of slides in the attic – oh my! So many glimpses into the past. The further I am from my childhood- the better it looks. It seems my father and Kodachrome captured the best memories. “So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”...

Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE....

Who Is The Chubby Lady IN THE PICTURE?

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve...

Inner Makeover – True Beauty Revealed

Challenge – The Good News Paper wrote an article about me: Beauty beyond Barbie — Former international Ford fashion model Tonya Ruiz shares how an inner makeover revealed her true beauty Tonya Ruiz says,“Looking beautiful outwardly is only skin deep, but being beautiful is soul deep.” On Tonya’s third birthday her eyes lit up as...