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'Barbie' PhD candidate says she's not taken seriously because of her looks

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KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE — Ashton Clarke is a 22-year-old student at the University of Tennessee where she is currently a clinical psychology research assistant. She hopes to one day obtain a doctoral degree. She also speaks four languages and is an exhibited artist, all according to News Dog Media. Ms. Clarke also happens to love the fake Barbie look. Ashton say her appreciation for the "fake" look means that she is often underestimated by her peers. When Ashton was 16, she gave herself a dramatic makeover and made herself look like a Barbie. And she's maintained it. To get the look just right, she dyes her hair blonde, applies fake tanning spray, gets lip fillers and wears contouring makeup, fake eyelashes, hair extensions and colored contacts. Ashton, a Knoxville native, says she feels happier and more confident as a "Barbie," but says people are quick to judge her on appearance. "For years, I was terrified of doing the 'Barbie look' because I thought people would make fun of me. "But for me when I'm look 'fake', I feel more like 'me' than I ever have been in my life. This is how I like to look. It may not be natural but it's 'me'. "People are always so taken back when they meet me because I don't fit into the stereotypical mould they've placed me in because of my 'artificial' appearance. They expect me to be an airhead or shallow," Ashton told News Dog Media. Ashton hopes she can challenge the Barbie stereotype. "There are so many individuals who believe that you can't be a successful academic whilst also dedicating time to your appearance. Ashton started a blog three years ago about the Barbie look and has gained a considerable following. She has also excelled in her studies; she was one of only a handful of undergraduate research assistants picked to conduct research at Tennessee's clinical psychology department and is applying for PhD programs. ----------------------------------------­­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: Check out our Android app: Check out our iOS app: Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: Stay connected with us here: Facebook Twitter @tomonewsus Google+ Instagram @tomonewsus

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