Tiff the Barbie’s Instagram Account Hilariously Mocks Millennial Mothering
I love Instagram as much as the next person, but I have to admit that the many stereotypes about how moms appear on Instagram are sometimes totally true. The countless stylized poses on the gram, the casual, hand-in-the-hair picture of a mom who wants to look like she was caught off-guard looking beautiful, the quotes to accompany a picture that–let's face it–is actually just there because we think the picture is looking good.
We're all guilty of adhering to the norms of social media, especially as moms. And now, a new social media account is calling us all out on our Instagram offenses in a playful and hilarious way.
Meet Tiff the Barbie, a classic millennial mother on Instagram. She comes complete with an adorable baby girl who had the perfect accessorized first birthday party (of course), a baby bump broadcasting her son on the way (of course), a doting husband, and all the over-the-top floaties for their non-stop pool parties (unicorn floatie, I'm looking at you).
Going to @barbie.fashion2016 baby shower congratulations you're gonna be such a wonderful mom !! P.S I don't know how I feel about this shirt .. I'm only wearing it because a really cute guy bought it for me (he actually bought me an entire outfit ) thank you Ken oh and Kelly had a little accident on the way here that's why she's wearing shorts that could fit Ken .
From posts on camping (“it was so nice to escape our hectic plastic life and go out and enjoy nature!”) to cutesy pregnancy announcements, Tiff the Barbie's account pretty much nails millennial parenting cliches. And ever since she's gone viral, Tiff has even started hawking products on her Instagram account too, peddling bean bag chairs and camping bags and coupon codes for her followers, just like a true Instagram influencer.
I have to admit that I've loved scrolling through Tiff's account, even just to laugh at some of the post cliches that I myself have been guilty of. (The camping one? Totally have done it!) Tiff the Barbie highlights a lot of the ways that social media can be both fun and maybe even a little harmful. Because let's be honest–so many of the pictures we post, just like Tiff's, aren't exactly the most real, you know what I'm saying? It's a good reminder that so much of what we see is not authentic, even as much as we enjoy seeing it.
But I still think social media can be a helpful tool in chronicling our lives because they are a record of the moments we want to remember. They may be totally fake, they may be more than a little posed, or they may even be literally plastic. But in the end, social media is about presenting our highlight reel — even if the one we're trying to convince is actually ourselves.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Instagram or do you think it's too fake?