Trying to look like a real-life Barbie Doll can yield some pretty unnerving results. There’s no shortage of people trying to make themselves look like humanoid versions of popular Mattel figures, so when one sees that “Barbie Feet” is trending on Instagram, it’s easy to wonder just what kind of cosmetic procedures people are performing on their bottom digits in order to attain unrealistic body standards.
But fret not, because the latest Instagram beauty trend doesn’t involve going under the knife, unlike this human Ken Doll. So, what exactly are Barbie Feet and how do you perfect the trend?
Barbie Feet is the latest pose that selfie-loving Instagrammers are flooding their feeds with in the everlasting pursuit of flexing-to-look-your-most-glamorous-to-a-bunch-of-strangers-you’ll-probably-never-meet. Which is entirely the point of “flexing for the ‘gram,” so if you wanna learn how to perfect the art of the Barbie foot, it’s quite simple.
Imagine you’re wearing high heels. Now, just remove the high heels. Voila, you’ve got the Barbie foot-pose down pat. Allow the illustrious Kourtney Kardashian to demonstrate as she poses with a Super Soaker.
Different poses accentuate different parts of the body, even an amateur ‘grammer knows that. Barbie Feet create the illusion that you have longer legs, so if you’ve got a cute swimsuit, especially a high-riding one-piece, then it’s going to look like you have gams for days.
Now Bella Hadid, who stands at 5’9, doesn’t need much more help to look tall, but even she’s opted for the Barbie pose in this photo, making her already lengthy limbs reach into Daddy Long Legs territory.
It seems like everyone’s rocking the Barbie Feet on Instagram, and it’s pretty much become the summer pose to rock in your posts. Here’s Kendall Jenner showing off the pose in a photo that looks like it was taken on a smudgy-lens iPhone 5.
Like any popular Instagram pose, we all know it’s smoke and mirrors, but that doesn’t change the fact that people’s legs are looking pretty darn fabulous these days.
The pose also looks like it works better if you have longer feet for whatever reason, which is pretty great.
Personally, I’ve got some big feet, so maybe I’ll be trying out the Barbie pose after I bring the Borat mankini out of retirement. On second thought…maybe not.
The folks at Yahoo Style UK have are cautioning would-be Barbie footers not to get too hasty in attempting their Barbie Feet, urging them to take things slow by standing up on one foot at a time.
“Though some experienced ‘Barbie Feet’ posers are able to master the trick with both feet in imaginary heels, beginners wanting to try out the position should probably start with having just one foot in the pointed heel position,”
The pose also works when you’re not sporting a bikini, although some of the leg-elongation effect is lost.
You can be sitting down, standing up, it just makes your legs look awesome.
Where does the Barbie Feet rank in your favorite Instagram poses?