Barbie Girls in a Barbie World - At the Prom?

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Teens are all dolled up for prom. Image: Mikael Buck, Solentnews.biz

Prom has always been about going over the top on the glam front, but two British girls have gone to new and unusual lengths: They had themselves delivered to their prom in life-size Barbie doll boxes.

Perhaps driven by our red carpet culture, where their favorite celebs show off the latest styles in front of the cameras, British teens in the county of Hampshire, like their American counterparts, make a big deal of their arrival at prom -- showing up in limos and daring attire, and finding other ways to make a stir. Sixteen-year-olds Sammy Burns and Megan Barton took stir-making a giant leap further. At the suggestion of Sammy's mom, Debbie, the girls went as Barbies -- not just all dolled up, but complete with box and bar code.

Designed by Sammy's uncle, the boxes took two weeks to complete and are astonishingly accurate -- they even have a price tag. To add to the fun, Sammy's uncle and brother dressed up as delivery men and brought the girls in on hand carts. A forty-minute line -- forty minutes, that must be some prom! -- ensured that the girls' efforts paid off. Everyone noticed their arrival.

"We stayed in the boxes for about half an hour," Sammy says. "It was really hot and a little scary at first. But we soon got used to it and we kept smiling for everyone while they took pictures of us. It was great fun. We wanted to be properly unique -- and we were."

Properly unique for prom, yes. But Barbies are anything but individual. This stunt was definitely creative -- and well played. But as a mom, I wonder if it's entirely appropriate that these girls are packaging themselves up as dolls -- specifically, as anatomically, over-the-top playthings.

Sammy's mom said that she was inspired by her daughter's childhood love of Barbie dolls, so I'm sure they just viewed it as a harmless stunt. But what does it say about these girls that Barbie is what they aspire to be, even just for a night? And, since the Barbie folks own American Girl, is that what they'll dress as for graduation?

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