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Meet The Woman Who Takes Becoming A Human Barbie Beyond The Uncanny Valley

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International Toy Fair NuernbergIt's finally happened– we've gone beyond the uncanny valley of the dolls.

We've seen people go to extreme measures to look like human dolls before, but Blondie Bennett of California takes it to the next level. She doesn't simply want to look like a doll, she wants to feel like one on the inside. This woman makes Space Barbie and all other dolly looking wannabes who make their rounds on the internet look like completely well adjusted people who aren't particularly obsessed with emulating a toy.

Bennett has not only spent oodles of money on plastic surgery, clothes and spray tans to look like her plastic hero, but she's stepping it up and going to weekly hypnotherapy sessions in the hopes of making her more vacant and confused like a humanoid plastic toy and not conscious and thinking like a real human person. I've heard people say they wish they were dumber so that they would be less aware of the horrors of the world, but it's always been a joke. I've never heard of anyone trying to deliberately decrease their mental capacities.

The Daily Mail‘s profile of this bizarre woman (you can see photos of her there) made me feel anxious. The desire to look like Barbie is more than understandable what with our societal beauty ideals and all, but wanting to be dumber in order to achieve a more doll-like existence is so beyond eccentric.

Barbie is a doll that is supposed to represent a human woman with a mind– Blondie is a woman who is trying to remove her mind in order to be more like an inanimate object. Judging this woman feels cruel, but what is it that's troubling her that makes her want to stop thinking? Her efforts to be lifeless seem so suggestive of severe trauma or mental illness plaguing her.

Here are some quotes from her Daily Mail profile that give us some insight on Blondie's troubling mission:

Why Barbie in particular and not just a generic doll?

“When people ask why I want to be Barbie I think “who wouldn't want to be?”

I suppose I'd like to be more like Barbie too. She is a career woman with a ton of properties and degrees, but those are just the imaginary perks of Barbie life. Those don't seem to interest Blondie Bennett much. Blondie wants to be a real Barbie with an empty plastic head, because she believes it would be an easier life to not have to think at all.

“She has the best life. All she does is shop and make herself look pretty – she doesn't worry about anything.”

A Barbie doll has to worry about getting chewed on and melted and forced into weird toy orgies with other dolls. She also doesn't actually shop or make herself look pretty, Barbie dolls just exist.

Her hypnotherapeutic endeavor to make her less conscious seems to be going well, though thinking about what kind of Svengali hypnotist that would accept her as a client makes my skin crawl :

“I've had 20 session and I'm already starting to feel ditzy and confused all the time.”

Very well.

“Recently I went to pick a friend up at the airport and couldn't remember if I needed to go to departures or arrivals. I also got lost for three hours driving to my mum's house – the house where I grew up.”

Her obsession with Barbie is not a recent development. Blondie had loved Barbie since childhood and became fixated on emulating the doll since her teen years when she started dressing like the doll and driving a Corvette.

“People thought it was just a phase but I thought to myself as soon as I move out of home I'm going to turn myself into Barbie.”

Obviously, it wasn't just a phase and people were just jealous of all the attention she was getting.

“My friends hated the attention I got from guys because of how I dressed. The told me to tone it down when I went out with them.”

Or they were embarrassed and concerned that her idol worship of Barbie was out of hand.

“I was forced to live a double life until about eight years ago when I decided to become Barbie for real and ignore what other people said.”

“Some other women pretend they are human Barbie dolls but I take it to the next level.”

Next level indeed.

“I want people to see me as a plastic sex doll and being brainless is a big part of that.”

I wish someone would tell her that you don't actually have to be brainless to be objectified.

“People can criticise me but this is who I am: I want my transformation to be head to toe, inside and out.”

Can't argue with that, though I do question the ethics of a hypnotherapist willing to make someone ditzier. You do you, Blondie Bennett. Even though it's really weird and seems indicative of some deep issues that I'm not at all qualified to comment on.

via The Daily Mail//Image via Getty