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Barbie Gets Real

by Hazel Chua

Teens struggle with body image and weight issues every day, and it doesn’t help that media flaunts images of size 0 and below models on their screens every few minutes or so. But if you think about it, toymakers are partly to blame because of the toys they’re churning out of their factories.

One very good example of such toy is Barbie. Most toddlers have one and they grow up with the notion that these too-thin plastic dolls have an attainable body type.

Realistic Barbie Doll

Barbies have been targeted and given makeovers by artists time and again, but artist Nickolay Lamm took a more scientific approach by obtaining average measurements of a typical 19-year-old woman from the Center for Disease Control beforehand. He then used 3D imaging to create a more realistic and full-bodied rendition of Barbie.

I think realistic Barbie looks better and way more healthier than Mattel’s stick-thin Barbie.

Realistic Barbie Doll1

Mattel previously defended the dimensions of the doll, saying that her clothes and accessories add bulk to her frame. That’s a valid point for selling toys, but not so much for imparting a healthy message to kids who might get the wrong message or idea about what their bodies should look like.

Realistic Barbie Doll2

What do you think?

[via Geekologie]

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Comments (14):

  1. Sally Darko says:

    she’s fat!

  2. Esther says:

    And then the poor skinny girls will be sad when they don’t get any curves… this doesn’t help solve the fundamental problem that there is a standard to be reached at all. Neither of these models can represent all women and therefore the problem of the unattainable is not eliminated.

    • Chloe says:

      Yeah, I think they should do both. So girls why are skinny will be happy and girls with more curves will be happy too.

      But I again I played with dolls when I was little and I never looked at her and wish I had her body.

  3. Testikles says:

    MORE realistic can go a long way when it comes to Barbie. Is that the ideal? No. Does an average of all 19 year olds fit every 19 year old? No. But UNREALISTIC is unattainable by ANYONE. Realistic is based in reality. Ban the old Barbie and melt her face and burn her hair!

  4. Chelsey says:

    It’s a doll, anyone who aspires to be such has bigger issues. To eliminate the issue within our society we should stop photoshopping real people and stop expecting women to look like them. I love Barbie, and I never once tried to look like her.

  5. Testikles says:

    “Barbie’s vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). At 5’9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. In 1963, the outfit “Barbie Baby-Sits” came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: “Don’t eat!.” The same book was included in another ensemble called “Slumber Party” in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs., which would be around 35 lbs. underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall.”
    Wikipedia – http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie

  6. sarah says:

    The “real” barbie looks like a man. We have a serious issue with obese people in the US. So instead of telling people that they should strive to perfect their bodies we want to tell them its ok to be fat and ugly?
    And when has art and dolls become the reason people hate themselves?
    This is dumb. I say keep photoshopping, keep using make-up, keep working out and keep making skinny barbies.
    Ever notice how the people pushing this nonsense are fat and unattractive?
    I think maybe instead of searching for scapegoats to make themselves feel better they should eat healthy and work out.

    • Pal says:

      I got a good lol out of your post. As a man, let me say the “real” barbie looks far more attractive than the “fake” (original) one to me. She has a healthy bit of meat on her, she’s got a real ass, she has a non-cartoony hip-to-waist ratio, she doesn’t have that weirdly tall head and neck.

      And she doesn’t look like a man at all.

  7. ispitzhotfire says:

    She got an ass!

  8. James says:

    Nice ass. Head’s too small, though! She looks like a goomba from that Mario movie.

  9. .... says:

    this still isn’t in the market, right? It might be better for future generations if it was…..

  10. Corj Ringo says:

    She looks like a beer-swilling college chick from some midwestern party university.

    Now all the girls who take their studies seriously will be feel marginalized.

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