Brilliant Hipster Barbie Instagram Account Parodies How Fake Our #AuthenticLives Really Are

This will definitely help your social media envy.

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Sometimes, it seems like the sole purpose of Instagram is to make everyone feel crappier about their lives. It seems like every time you log on there are new photos of lives so fabulous they could only exist on a computer screen. As much as you know this, it can be hard to remember that everything looks better through an Instagram filter and that this is not real life. 

Enter #socalitybarbie. With her fabulously messy hair, trendy jacket, and requisite beanie hat, she is the cool girl you love to hate. Her Instagram account annoyingly describes her as an "adventurer" and "coffee-driner," dedicated to "Authentic Living." 

She spends her days lying around in a hammock in the most absurdly exotic places. 

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Brewing coffee at the top of a mountain after a nice hike, as one does. 

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Getting that perfect "all natural"  shot of her on the beach in the morning with tousled hair and "minimal" makeup. 

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And artfully holding her artisanal ice cream in front of the shop sign. 

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The account was started by a photographer from Portland, Oregon, who wishes to remain anonymous, when she realized that the best way to express just how mass-manufactured these photos have become is through a mass-produced doll. 

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"I get it, it's pretty to look at," she told Wired.com. "But it's so dishonest. Nobody actually lives like this. And it's so overdone that it's becoming boring."

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In a perfect world, we'd all use Instagram to celebrate our lives instead of carefully making this contrived image. But, hey, no one is perfect. Except Barbie. 

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Diana Bruk
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My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications.

I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.