She may be the world's only female bodybuilder with no arms but she has just placed fifth in her class at the Mid West's biggest amateur bodybuilding contest the North Americans.
It is a huge achievement for the 36-year-old mom-of-two who took up bodybuilding after years of bullying because of her appearance.
Today she furthered her dream after she high-kicked and flexed her way across the stage at the 2013 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships, one of the most prestigious bodybuilding shows in the world, and took an amazing fifth place.
Barbie, who used to compete as Barb Guerra, stood alongside athletes Kimberly Stroup, Meredith Miller, Samantha Sage, Toni Naramore, Venus Ramos, in the Fitness Class B category.
And after one or two initial gasps at her appearance it was Barbie Thomas who received the loudest cheers for her routine, in indeed standing ovations in parts of the auditorium.
But make no mistake armless female bodybuilder Barb is at this Pittsburgh competition on merit alone.
The Texan mum-of-two is a veteran of 13 bodybuilding contests and trains six days a week to get her muscular physique stage-ready.
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She said: “I believe you can do anything you set your mind to. You have to focus on the positive and never pity yourself. People tell me I’m an inspiration, but I just see myself as normal.”
When she was younger armless female bodybuilder Barbie was bullied but she surrounded herself with supportive friends and family and eventually found bodybuilding.
“Kids always pick on something different, and when I was younger they would push me over. The taunts continued as I got older, but I was lucky that I had a small group of friends who supported me,” she says.
Barb’s parents also encouraged her, though her dad, Ben, 54, was more protective. “Mum wanted me to be independent and made me realise there was nothing I couldn’t do,” she says.
Ultimately this led to her unlikely passion for bodybuilding.
She said: “I was always into fitness – running and aerobics classes, then I started looking at fitness magazines for nutrition tips and I loved all the photographs of bodybuilders. I wanted to look like them.”
Whatever Barbie's final position turns out to be (check back later for full results) there is no doubt that this remarkable female bodybuilder embodies the passion, the determination and the courage which is at the core of the very sport of bodybuilding.