Both the text, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and the Keyword essay Body by Kelly Hager illustrate the negative connotations of idealizing only specific body attributes and marginalizing minority bodies. Body discusses how certain types are “marginalized bodies” (p.18) which includes minority races and ethnicities, as well as the “fat body” (p.18); basically any “physical nature of the human body” (p.17) that does not conform to the supposed ideal of white and thin. In The Bluest Eye, the negative effects of the marginalization of certain types of bodies is starkly represented. In this text the body is shown through a multitude of forms both sexually and racially. It is seen that white bodies, and representations thereof such as white dolls, are more prized than black bodies. Even within the primarily black community in which the story is set, Black bodies are marginalized and looked down upon. The main character a young Black girl, Pecola, is bullied at school, her own beauty is not acknowledged by anyone, and the character who is treated the best is Maureen who is half white and therefore closer to the ideal. It is this almost worshipful way that people regard white bodies that primarily drives Pecola to wish for blue eyes. This in turn leads to a series of negative experiences eventually resulting in the breakdown of her sanity. In Body the point is made that “children’s culture reveals an overwhelming interest in describing, depicting, and reproducing images of the body to educate, orient, and delight the child consumer” (p.17) but there has been very little positive representation of minority bodies or attributes other than slim Caucasian models. What doesn’t conform to the “ideal” of the body has been marginalized, but in contrast to this, Mattel has begun producing a line of ‘Fashionista’ Barbie dolls which celebrate diversity and diverse body types. They have created a line that includes different races and different body types. They are all called Fashionistas, they are all treated as equally fashionable and provide inclusive models for children to identify themselves with. This is a step forward in promoting the idea that all different kinds of bodies are positive.