- Tonya Ruiz was a model and advocate for realistic body image when she was younger.
- Whenever she speaks in public, she uses Barbie dolls to point out the insane body proportions which is totally unrealistic.
- Now that she has retired, she created the realistic Barbie-in-quarantine line that real people can relate to!
In her younger years, Tonya Ruiz was a model. Later in life, she became a public speaker who advocates for body image and talks about how unrealistic the physical standards for women are as viewed by society.
Oftentimes, Tonya uses Barbie dolls during her presentations to point out how totally insane her body proportions are and absolutely unattainable and unrealistic.
After she retired, her two granddaughters found her collection of many dolls in the attic. While she was glad to see them happy playing with them, she still found Barbie’s overly perfect figure bothering.
“I heard Mattel came up with a new line of Barbies that look more like real people so I wanted to find them,” Tonya said. “I wanted to show my granddaughters Barbies are not just about the shoes. It’s more about real life and family and realistic things.”
So the three of them went to the store and Tonya allowed the girls to choose the Barbies on their own as long as they resemble more of themselves or their family. Since then, they have developed a new hobby of dressing up the dolls, taking photos of them, and posting them on her Grandma Gets Real Instagram page.
It was a hit! The page has steadily gained an audience and it didn’t take long for them to have thousands of followers. So when the quarantines started, they thought of a way to be more creative in relevance to the current situation. They released the “Quarantine Barbie” series starting with the one that most of us can definitely relate to: “Stay Home Curvy Barbie Wearing Stretchy Pants.”
Many of Tonya’s family and friends love how creative and funny her faux Barbie is which features snacks, card games, toilet paper, and whisky! It’s hilarious and so homey.
Then the requests started pouring in and Tonya got busy coping up and creating more realistic Barbie dolls.
“So many people said – finally a Barbie I can relate to,” she said. “I love that because that has been my message for the years I spoke about body image. You can’t look like a Barbie. You’re a real woman.”
Her works of art have been going viral and so her long time message about body image.
Source: Inspire More