Popular 90’s Pinups “The Barbi Twins” Then and Now
Before there was an obsession with “real-life Barbies,” there were the Barbi twins – 90’s poster girls for that overtly sexy look that was popular of that era, who went under the knife numerous times to achieve a sexier appearance, while still (amazingly) maintaining their identical twin-ness. Shane and Sia Barbi, now 50 years old, took the 90’s by storm with their big hair, fake
boobs everything and plastic surgeried faces, eventually capturing the attention of – who else? – Hugh Hefner, who put them on the cover of the September 1991 issue of Playboy. Once they had their grip on good old Hef, there was no stopping these plastic Barbis, who eventually got their own billboard and launched a career that USA Today said brought them “caviar dreams and champagne lifestyles of the rich and famous.”
Self-proclaimed animal rights activists, health and fitness authors and pin-up models, the Barbi twins are actually best known for their extreme plastic surgery, which included breast implants, lip injections, butt implants, nose jobs, chin implants and cheek implants. Take a look at pretty much any photo of Shane and Sia Barbi and you’ll notice that their unnaturally large butts and boobs look as fake as a $3 bill. Almost as extreme as their breast implants, are their duck lips and expressionless faces that have also obviously been altered. Now that the Barbi Twins are over-the-hill in terms of bikini modeling, that hasn’t stopped them from trying to maintain their sexy look with facelifts, breast lifts and more.
Wonder where the Barbi twins’ addiction to plastic surgery came from? Surprise, surprise – they struggled with bulimia and physical insecurities in their younger years that apparently led to their obsession with crash-dieting, bingeing, purging and other destructive behaviors. According to Shane and Sia, they were able to transform their personal issues into something positive, claiming to be “real people” who use their own difficulties to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle. Funny, because it seems to me that the Barbi twins never actually overcame their physical insecurities, they just subjected them to plastic surgery.
Back in the 1990s, Shane and Sia Barbi were kind of a big deal, labeled by Stuff magazine as “Sex Symbols for 1993,” which put the plastic twins in the same camp as actual female icons like Madonna, Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe and Sharon Stone. You’d think that people would have quickly lost interest in a pair of middle-aged twins with more fake parts than real. Somehow though, the Barbi twins managed to extend their 15 minutes of fame into a sort of “Barbi Mania,” posing for calendars, posters, magazine covers and comic books, and starring in television shows and documentaries throughout the 90’s.
Now that the twins have put some miles, and 20+ years, on all of their plastic body parts, the twins do not appear in public without hiding behind hats, wigs and sunglasses. You really have to wonder what their are hiding, especially after spending a fortune on plastic surgery. The one noticeable thing that really is starting to look strange, are their chin implants. It’s like the implants are drooping into this weird little ball point on their chins…
Drooping facial implants and super tight facelifts apparently don’t mix. Good to know!