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Barbie Makeover: Doll Gets Average Woman’s Proportions

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Barbie Makeover: Doll Gets Average Woman’s Proportions
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Barbie has long been the epitome of beauty to little girls; tall, thin, tan, and blonde, with an impossibly tiny waist and perpetual high-heel shaped feet, she has set the standard for the all-American girl for decades.

But Barbie has come under fire in recent years for having a negative affect on the way little girls see themselves and who they aspire to be. With impossible measurements, the doll may be giving children the wrong idea about what a body is supposed to be. Now, an artist has created a 3-D model of a Barbie that has a normal 19-year old’s measurements, and is quickly gaining support for his vision.

Nickolay Lamm took an actual Barbie doll’s measurements, researched the average body type for a young woman, and made a new doll that looks a lot more realistic. And while he says he understands that the “average” body type is a widely varied thing, the new version is a lot closer to what a woman looks like than the former.

“I created normal Barbie because I wanted to show that average is beautiful,’’ Lamm told TODAY.com. “If average-looking Barbie looks this good and if there’s even a chance of Barbie negatively influencing young girls, why not make one?”

While Mattel hasn’t announced any plans yet to introduce a Barbie with Lamm’s measurements, but if they do, she’ll be in high demand.

Barbie Makeover: Doll Gets Average Woman’s Proportions


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  • http://webnews.com Jane

    So you want to make a short, fat, big azz doll with large feet. Oh yeah thats appealing.

    • Renee

      Still normal barbie looks like an elite athlete (track and field)

  • K

    “normal” Barbie is ugly. She is short, and fat and has large ugly feet. Why do children’s toys have to be boring and realistic? And yes I am a woman.

  • ken

    is this supposed to be stone age Barbie,whats with those feet,i go to the beach every week, I’ve never seen feet like that on a girl,,well there was 1 time,,but she had a lot of hair on her back

  • Leann

    Now all the young girls will be wanting their moms to buy them those panties with “fake booties” built in, so they can have a sexy “Jennifer Lopez butt” like the new Barbie! LOL

  • jjj

    She looks super cute! I would buy her. I never understood or identified with Barbie when I was a kid, (none of the adults around me really wore makeup or talked about being thin/fat, so I didn’t learn the aesthetic she’s based on) which I guess is fine because it meant I never felt I should look like her. But the new one’s neck looks sort of funny, or maybe it’s just that her shoulders are too square, so they don’t look relaxed. That could be fixed and it would still be realistically proportioned.

    You guys are brainwashed, she does NOT look short and fat, she actually does look normal. Including her feet. Go find some pictures of normal girls and line them up in Photoshop. Some will be a bit skinnier, but they won’t be all stretched out with a pinched waist and boneless hips. I LOVE the new one’s booty BTW, I always thought Barbie’s non-butt was really strange.

  • C

    I don’t find “normal” Barbie attractive. This stupid “normal” bullshit is ridiculous. People have DIFFERENT body types, BARBIE included! What’s so bad about tall and skinny? I personally think “normal” barbie looks like a hobbit with a Nicki Minaj ass. Don’t like Barbie? Don’t buy her. People will always prefer one over another, whether the girl is tall and skinny, tall and curvy, tall and fat, short and curvy, or short and skinny. To conclude, Barbie is a doll, and if your goal is to look like a doll, you already have a problem there.

  • healthylife

    OMG…First of all, yes Barbie’s measrments when put under scrutiny are not proportioned properly. I get it, BUT I am flabbergasted that women are getting so vein that we are going to pick apart the measurements of a doll to make us feel better about our expanding waistlines. The average women today in America is overweight, to be more blunt fat. Maybe we should all teach our daughters (children) proper eating and fitness habits and stop blaming a hunk of plastic for our low self esteem and body issues. In another 50 years are we going to remake Barbie again with a larger ass and a muffin top because we can’t better ourselves. Go ahead America let’s lower the standers for upcoming generations because that is way easier then teaching them to better themselves. We wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad about themselves even though themselves or maybe their poor upbringing is the only thing to blame.

  • healthylife

    OMG…First of all, yes Barbie’s measrments when put under scrutiny are not proportioned properly. I get it, BUT I am flabbergasted that women are getting so vein that we are going to pick apart the measurements of a doll to make us feel better about our expanding waistlines. The average women today in America is overweight, to be more blunt fat. Maybe we should all teach our daughters (children) proper eating and fitness habits and stop blaming a hunk of plastic for our low self esteem and body issues. In another 50 years are we going to remake Barbie again with a larger ass and a muffin top because we can’t better ourselves. Go ahead America let’s lower the standers for upcoming generations because that is way easier then teaching them to better themselves. We wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad about themselves even though themselves or maybe their poor upbringing is the only thing to blame.

  • D

    I think the new doll is hideous! It looks like a dwarf/ hobbit. Now we get to buy a new doll and spend extra money on buying clothes/shoes to fit. Its all about the money parents will have to spend because the kids will be complaining that nothing fits right on the new doll.

    On another note I asked my 5yr daughter which one is prettier she said the new one and wants one. See its working already my kid wants a new “reshaped” barbie and she will beg and be a good girl to try to convince me to buy one.

  • Minka

    Normal Barbie looks like a lady wrestler!

  • Callie (i am 12)

    I am gonna cry! I hate the new Barbie! I will never buy Barbie products again if this is the new her! I will also tell all my friends not to buy Barbie products too! I think Barbie needs to be the way she was designed to be 60 years ago! You dumb mothers can’t realize that we can understand Barbie is just a doll! I have been buying Barbies since i could barley walk! It is your fault, mothers, if you are not able to teach your daughters to be healthy! I will not let this happen! I will boycott Barbie (my favorite company in the world!) if i have to! Please take this into thought before you change Barbie forever.

    Sadly,
    Callie :(

  • Bree

    I see what you all are getting at, but from the view of 13 year old female, I would have much rather grown up playing with ‘normal Barbie’ than the one I did grow up with. Barbie is one of the reasons I started hating my weight, face, hair colour, and height at a very young age.

  • Isabella

    It’s awesome the face should be closer to the same though I was a cutter and bulimic So I wish all barbies looked healthy instead of sickly because I wanted to have barbies figure than I found out it’s immposible

  • http://www.webpronews.com/barbie-makeover-doll-gets-average-womans-proportions-2013-07 eric

    That barbie will do just perfectly. Most males thing tall/skinny blonde hair females are gross and need some curves. Cute face, Chubby waist, thick legs in shape!!! Ps.. whoever like the original can go EFF themselves with the doll

  • Robert Hidalgo

    The new Barbie looks more like Barfly, but the new Barbie is a whole lot more prettier in the face. Barbie’s new butt cracks me up!

  • Victoria Guarino

    I Am 20 Years Old And I Loved Playing With Barbies As A child. I Am 4’11 102Lb And This is What I Look like My Feet Are 5 1/2 But Other Than That I Think Barbie Looks cute. I Can Not Believe Some comments Saying She Looks Fat Even Though She Still Has A thigh Gap she’s Going To Have thicker Legs Look At That Ass. I’ve Always Been Told How petite I am. it Gives Children Some Variety.

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