Barbie Finally Got Back
Since it first debuted in 1959, the Barbie doll has been criticized for how its shape gives little girls an unrealistic idea of what an attractive woman’s body should look like. After all, if Barbie were real she’d be 6-feet-tall and only weigh 100 pounds. Oh, and she’d have a 16-inch waist. To give you some perspective on that, the average woman’s thigh is 21 inches around. (Not that I’ve ever measured my own thigh because I have about 200 million other things I’d rather do than that.) (Shudder.)
But it was perhaps because of this criticism that artist Nickolay Lamm decided to see what Barbie would look like with realistic proportions. He recently unveiled a 3-D model of a "normal-weight" doll, created with the measurements of an average 19-year-old girl as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The result of the make-over? Nickolay’s Barbie is shorter, more athletic in build and has some nice curves on her. And for those reasons, she looks 100% more like the average female than the old Barbie. (Please note that I’m just referring to shape when I say "average female," not hair or skin color.) In fact, stick a pair of Uggs and some short shorts on the new Barbie and she’d look pretty much like every young woman currently sitting in the mall food court gabbing on her cell phone about someone named "Jeremy." (It should also be noted that Lamm's Barbie's feet aren't shaped for high heels and seem to be shaped for running shoes or flip flops. Another very refreshing change.)
Whether or not Mattel decides to revamp Barbie’s shape to be more like Lamm’s remains to be seen. But I really hope they do because it'd be nice for little girls to grow up with realistic examples of a female body. And for them to know that if your waist is smaller than your thigh, you're not glamorous---you're in need of medical attention.