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Barbie given dreadlocks for new exhibition

NEW LOOK: Barbie pictured here with dreadlocks in Sheila Pree Bright's exhibition

A PHOTOGRAPHER aiming to show the impact the Barbie doll has on girls and women of colour, has opened an exhibition at historically black female college in America.

Plastic Bodies, a series of digitally manipulated photographs of multi-ethnic women and dolls, features images that morph human skin onto a toy figure and is on display at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia, until December 7.

Altanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright aims to explore society's complex relationship with cultural beauty standards.

ON DISPLAY: The exhibition features images that morph human skin onto a toy figure

"The series also looks at some of the ways Western Commercialism defines female beauty," explained Mrs Bright, who graduated from Georgia State University with an MFA in Photography.

Mrs Bright's project, which features the popular doll with dreadlocks and dark skin, examines Barbie as a cultural icon, and the way society views beauty and women of color, as well as standards of perfection as they relate to women globally.

"Specifically the work uses the history of the Barbie doll to show the impact the doll has on girls
and women of colour," she said.

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