So it’s 2013, and the fight for a more realistic looking Barbie doll has ended in a bit of a stalemate. Numerous studies have been released showing that Barbie does, in fact, make girls as young as five wish they were thinner, and numerous more developmentally healthy options abound. But the old gal remains popular, and will always have her defenders.
Since the current stalemate consists of the feminists being right and Mattel doing nothing about it, it’s still fun and at least vaguely relevant to imagine what Barbie would look like if she weren’t so dang Mannerist. The latest iteration of this comes from artist Nickolay Lamm, who used 3D printing technology to create a Barbie doll with the same proportions as the average 19-year-old girl. And guess what? She’s still conventionally attractive, she just looks more like a real person and less like a spindly, pointy-toed nightmare creature. Don’t worry, she’s still thin, white and blonde. She just has thighs and a butt now. And feet that would not snap if a person with her dimensions tried to walk on them:
“My last Barbie project got a lot of criticism because Barbie is just a toy,” said Lamm, referring to his recent makeup-less Barbie. “People argue that a toy can’t do any harm. [Note: it can, demonstrably.] However, if we criticize skinny models [Note: or rather, the fashion industry’s privileging of one body type over all others], we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well…So, 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?”
What indeed? Of course, like I said before, the “more realistic Barbie” is still thin, young, and white, and it would be good to get some other models of beauty into the mix. But more realistic proportions would be a nice start.
(Via The Daily Mail)
Photos: Nickolay Lamm