Barbie gets a real-woman makeover
Stuff.co.nz July 3 2013
In her 54 years, the leggy blonde that is Barbie has inspired love, controversy and even imitation (from the slightly odd this to the just plain disturbing this).
But an artist from Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania suggests that we should be focusing on a revision of the classic Mattel doll.
Nickolay Lamm has recreated a typical blonde Barbie, but at the average proportions of a 19-year-old American woman (he took the measurements from the Centre for Disease Control). And you know what? Real-girl Barbie looks amazing.
The project was at first an experiment to see what the difference would be, but after the toy was created Lamm discovered that the average American 19-year-old female figure looks great in plastic toy form, so then why aren’t these measurements just used by Mattel?
“A lot of people say we shouldn’t criticise Barbie because she is a toy,” Lamm explained to us. “However, if there’s a small chance that it’s negatively affecting young girls, and if normal Barbie looks awesome, why not create normal Barbie?” Touché.