Barbie doll has been around for 54 years. For years, the body proportions of Barbie have been criticized for not being realistic. Some argue her body shape would be unobtainable and unsustainable if scaled up to life-size. What would she look like if she is a “real woman”? Illustrator Nickolay Lamm wants to answer this question with a Barbie toy based on what she would look like if she had normal measurements.
Some people say that we shouldn’t pay attention to the body proportions of Barbie because she is just a toy. On the surface, that sounds like a valid argument. But a closer look, through research, suggests that Barbie may lead to the following…
Heightened body dissatisfaction among young girls (Dittmar)
A desire to achieve a slim body and therefore eat less (Anschutz)
In order for an average woman to look like Barbie, she would have measurements of an 18″ waist, 33″ hips and a 36″ bust. Lamm used CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3D model and then printed out a model of a “normal” woman, a girl with 31″ waist, 33″ hips and a 32″ bust.
The end result – the white model – is what Barbie would look like if she was a healthy, beautiful, 19 year old woman….
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