What Would Barbie Look Like As an Average Woman?
We all know that Barbie is not even close to representing a natural, or achievable feminine body image. When Mattell introduced Barbara Millicent Roberts to the public in 1959, her dimensions were such that had she been life sized, her measurements would have been 36-18- 38. Her physique has been modified over the years, but a real woman of her present dimensions would have half a liver, and nearly no intestines. She would be unable to walk, or hold her head up... sort of like a young woman with a severe eating disorder. Barbie has been blamed for a lot of that.
What if she was proportioned like a "real" woman?
Artist Nickolay Lamm decided to create a doll based on the average measurements of a 19-year-old woman. He then, used Photoshop to make his doll look like Barbie.
Lamm shared these thoughts:
"If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good. If there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?"
Here are some of images of Lamm's Barbie, next to regular Barbie. Whatcha' think?