Did you play with Barbie as a kid? I was probably her biggest fan and carried her absolutely everywhere! There has always been that debate about her body type and whether or not it creates the incorrect body image for young girls. It’s pretty interesting to hear either side.
I came across this article from a Pennsylvania researcher and artist Nickolay Lamm– “What would Barbie look like as an average woman.” Using measurements of an average 19 year old girl, Nickolay created this 3D model and compared directly with Barbie. I wanted to share the images with you.
(It looks like Barbie finally squats!! ;))
First and foremost, I don’t believe in criticizing any body type, shape or form. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your skin, body and well-being, no matter what shape that may be. We all have different ideas of “the perfect body” and should never criticize or look at someone differently because of their shape. We need to learn to be comfortable and confident in our own skin and that’s what matters most.
Lets discuss! What are your thoughts on Barbie’s makeover to reflect the average woman?
Do you think Mattel’s view of Barbie gives an unrealistic image for young girls? Do you think they should produce this version of the “real” person? Let me know if the comments!