A new Barbie makeover depicts something we’ve been hearing for years — that if Barbie was a “real woman,” she’d be too thin to walk or menstruate.
The Barbie makeover has altered the doll’s proportions to show how an actual scaled-to-life Barbie doll would appear if she were human and not made by Mattel.
KNTV explains the impetus behind the Barbie makeover, using official government health data to calculate a true to life Barbie doll:
“Nickolay Lamm has recreated the traditional blonde Barbie using the measurements of today’s average 19-year-old woman… Lamm got those measurement from the Centers for Disease Control… The project at first was just an experiment to see what the difference would be and to address the concerns that the current Barbie doll promotes an unhealthy body image among young girls.”
What’s not news with the Barbie makeover is what the doll would look like if she were a human — a very, very unhealthy human.
If Barbie walked among us, she’d be six feet tall and weigh just 100 pounds, and her waist would be even smaller than the old 24 inch ideal — just 16 inches.
Lamm told HuffPo that conversations about body image often tar real life models — but that Barbie gets a pass, despite her epic influence on little girls:
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.
Lamm’s Barbie makeover isn’t the only critique of our plastic pal in recent weeks — star Demi Lovato lamented a lack of Demi-like dolls, saying:
One of my biggest dreams is to have my own Barbie but with my actual body type… Weight and height. Also, Barbie should make dolls with cellulite! After all, around 95% of all women have it!
Do you think Barbie’s makeover is more realistic and healthier for impressionable little girls?