[blockquote]Will my dear daughter soon want a Barbie body - those long Barbie legs? In China, young women pay small fortunes to have their legs broken and stretched on a rack to achieve maximum height. All in the belief that they will find a 'better' husband.[/blockquote]
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Envied and reviled, unreal and ideal, a symbol of materialism, body dysmorphia and capitalism but still beloved by millions: the debate that continues to rage around Barbie Millicent Roberts - more commonly known as Barbie - mirrors that around fashion itself. In our second essay of The Fashion Body season, Roger Tredre uses Barbie's body as a jumping-off point to discuss his concerns - both journalistic and personal - over the impact of the fashion industry on the young.