There was a time when all you had to do was say “cheese” and smile for the camera. But with magazines like Vogue and television shows like America’s Next Top Model, posing for the camera has become an acquired skill that takes some mastering.
Just like any other trend, posing fads come and go. In our generation, we’ve seen the smile turn into the duck face; waving to the camera has been replaced with the peace sign.
But who would have guessed the slouchy, awkward pose known at the broken doll would become a fan favorite? The broken doll became popular by tall, lanky fashion models that used their awkward limbs in their favor.
Like most trends, women of all shapes and sizes have begun to make this pose their own. Some like to make fun of the awkwardness of the pose, but that doesn’t stop individuals from standing in front of the bathroom mirror and practicing until, bam, they begin to look like the bendy Barbie’s they grew up playing with. And, let’s face it, what girl doesn’t want to look like Barbie?
The key concepts to perfecting your own doll stance can be mastered in five easy steps.
1. Elbows Out
2. Wobbly Knees
3. Shoulders Forward
4. Hands Upside-Down
5. Ironic Face
The Vogue model pictured above is rocking the most traditional stance. The beauty of the pose is that you can put your own spin on it.
The most important thing to remember is that, the more unusual angles you create with your body, the more fabulous the pose.
I’ve yet to perfect the pose. I usually end up looking awkward in a ‘yep, that photo will never be Facebook-worthy’ kind of way.
On the other hand, my longtime friend and University of North Dakota junior Kira Stenehjem has taken her broken doll pose to a whole new level. “I find it to be so silly that it then becomes amazing,” Stenehjem said. “It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing, who I’m taking a picture with, or what the photo is for—I am always rocking the broken doll.”
It may sound absurd, but this pose truly does take practice. Just like most things in life, it takes time to make the final product look polished.
One of the best ways to work on your brokenness is to log on to Facebook and begin the creeping process for the best-broken doll pose. Yep, you heard me. Once you find a few friends rocking the stance, start copying their body positions in the mirror until you find what works best for you. I know it sounds silly, but isn’t that the point?
In our generation we spend so much time building up our social network profiles with inspirational quotes, clever comments and, of course, fabulous photos. The broken doll stance can only help boost your model status in the social network scene.
That being said—be bold, be brave, be broken and make Barbie proud.