Wonder Woman always looks beautiful, thin, and made-up. What kind of message is this sending to young girls? Yes, Wonder Woman is inspirational and considered to be a "role model" to young girls, but she is also teaching them that physical beauty is one of the most important things.
While it worries me that young girls are not being exposed to enough powerful, independent role models, it also worries me because the ones they are exposed to value outer beauty so much.
In this article, BBC News addresses Barbie and her unrealistic proportions. Basically, if a Barbie doll was blown up to "full" size, she would be seven and a half feet tall! Also, they showed that Barbie dolls lack a healthy amount of body fat. This is a picture from the article, as well:Girls are exposed to these horrible expectations from such a young age, even when they cannot comprehend what they are seeing. They view Barbie dolls as beautiful role models; it is frightening to know that these girls' "role models" could actually be detrimental to their self-esteem or aid in causing future eating disorders.
While I did talk about Wonder Woman earlier in my post, I realize that she is a much better role model than Barbie. She does illustrate the importance of physical beauty, yet she also combats evil and acts on her morals.