This Insta-Popular Pose Will Make You Look as Tall as a Supermodel

Scroll through the feeds of Instagram’s top influencers, and you’ll notice a pattern in the way they pose.

Leg forward, foot arched, toes pointed? Turns out, there’s a name for it: “Barbie feet.”


The influencer-favorite pose has become an Instagram trend of sorts, with many swearing by its ability to elongate the legs and give off the appearance of supermodel-like height. It essentially involves the simple arching of the foot as if one was wearing heels and then pointing the toes like that of a Barbie doll.

The effect: Legs for days minus the legwork (pun intended) of Photoshop or other editing apps. Even real-life supermodels, such as Kendall Jenner, do it like Barbie.


Subjects can best reap the benefits of the tip-toe pose when they aren’t already wearing heels or happen to be clad in a bikini. (It’s no wonder the summer season produces an endless stream of photos featuring people in the same position.)

Even better, “Barbie feet” makes them look not only longer, but also leaner — especially when the photographer is shooting from a lower angle.

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