Mariel Clayton's Barbies are no role models.

Mariel Clayton's vision of Barbie is closer to Showtime's Dexter than the wholesome pin-up girl everyone is used to.

Mariel Clayton Barbie

Koi Koi Koi states: "Mariel Clayton is a self-taught photographer. In an action figures shop in Tokyo she had the vision of the world where all those dolls’ stories happen, and she wanted to visit it and take photos. Her main character is the most famous doll of all times: Barbie, that after throwing away (literally, very often) her fashion victim clothes, become executioner and gives vent to her bound violence on Ken. And, admit it, you’d do it too!"

She [Clayton] says: “ (I’m) A Doll Photographer with a subversive sense of humour. I believe that life is a hysterically messed up place, and if we don’t laugh at it, we’ll never understand it. I didn’t have a hard childhood, I was never abused, I’m not an ‘evil, dark or psychologically scarred’ person. I just think what I do is damn freaking funny – and I like to share the humour with people.

Even Barbiefest.com has this to say: "Mariel Clayton is of the opinion that Barbie’s figure is highly unrealistic and would require no less than 27 plastic surgeries to emulate in real life. Instead of just ranting and raving about the plastic girl whose story is based only on her outfits and their ability to attract Ken—the single man in her life—Mariel Clayton has created some of the most disturbing (and intriguing) scenes ever used with a Barbie doll, which she then photographs."

I have to agree with Mariel.  It's freaking funny.  Check out her website with some of her other work here: www.thephotographymarielclayton.com

 

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