You’ve probably seen few photos of what a woman would look like if she had Barbie’s measurements. But what if Barbie had the measurements of an average woman?
Artist Nickolay Lamm created a Barbie doll modeled off the average American 19-year-old woman, after being commissioned by MyDeals.com. Lamm used CDC measurements to create the “normal” Barbie Doll and found that it was quite different than the classic Barbie.
The average Barbie is a little shorter and a little wider, but Lamm says that his doll still looks pretty good. The artist believes that Mattell should start making a real-life Barbie Doll in order to give girl’s realistic expectations.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Lamm says:
“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’s a look at Lamm’s Barbie doll.
Lamm believes that Barbie Dolls can promote body issues in young women. To counteract this, Lamm has created a few pieces to show Barbie as a regular woman. Earlier this year, he unveiled a Barbie Doll without makeup.
What do you think of a Barbie doll based off a real woman’s measurements? Should Mattell start producing Lamm’s doll?
Real Life Barbie: Artist Recreates Doll With Average Woman’s Body
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It’s important to promote a healthy body image to young girls, and Mattell could do that by creating an average looking Barbie Doll. Otherwise, the world is bound to see a few more women striving to be like Valeria Lukyanova, the real-life Barbie doll.