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Still petty in pink
by Charlene Chua

At 55 years old, this doll is still in the hot seat for having an impossibly perfect figure.

Barbie celebrated her birthday on Sunday to mixed emotions around the globe.

Online, her detractors wrestled with the age-old issue - that girls who play with the iconic toy may yearn for an exaggerated hour-glass silhouette.

But in Singapore, celebrity mums who attended Barbie's 55th Anniversary Celebration at the United Square Atrium on Saturday were all for their daughters enjoying the Barbie-themed event, which runs at the mall daily until March 23, from 11am to 9pm.

There are stations and activities such as creating your own Barbie doll dress and an augmented reality closet where children can try on different outfits.

The mums' consensus? That children are smart enough to know that a doll is just a doll.

DJ Jamie Yeo, former VJ Teh May Wan and host Diana Ser weigh in on the long-running debate.

Mum's figure not perfect, but...

Barbie is not to blame - parents are.

Former VJ Teh May Wan is confident of her body, thanks to her mother whom she says has never "complained" about her own figure in front of her.

Teh believes that by employing that same parenting technique, her daughters Leala and Siena will grow up without body issues.

Said Teh, 32, who is married to an Indonesian-Chinese businessman: "My mum didn't have the perfect figure, but she never once spoke negatively about it.

"I also married a man who nourishes my soul. He tells me he loves my booty, my small chest and told me I was beautiful even though I had a big tummy post-pregnancy.

"My husband always teaches my daughters that the most important thing is to have a beautiful heart so they know all about inner beauty.

"I'm so lucky to be surrounded by good, positive people."

Like Jamie Yeo, Teh also felt the same way about owning a Barbie doll.

She said: "Having a Barbie doll never made me want a small waist and big boobs.

"My husband is the only one who sees me naked and if he has nothing bad to say, then that makes me self-assured."

At the Barbie event, Leala took to the catwalk and was eagerly kissed by Teh after.

Although she loves her toys, Leala is into puzzles and enjoys cracking her head over them.

Said Teh: "My own mum had asked me to choose toys or books when I was young, and I chose books. I'm so proud that my girls are bookworms too."


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