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Average is Beautiful: Meet the ‘Real-Girl’ Barbie Doll

Written on July 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm , by

The new Barbie puts things into perspective. (Photo courtesy of Nickolay Lamm, MyDeals.com)

Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

What if Barbie were just an average girl in a Barbie world? What if America’s favorite little doll actually looked like its consumers, instead of a plastic version of perfection? These what-ifs have been bounced (ineffectively) around for years, until someone finally decided to take the topic into his own hands.

Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com challenged the perception of artificial beauty last week by creating a real-girl Barbie doll. “I think Barbie symbolizes unrealistic beauty standards, not just in dolls, but in movies, magazines, the media—everywhere,” explains Lamm. “So I asked myself, what would Barbie look like if she were a real woman?”

To get his answer, Lamm used measurements of an average 19-year-old girl from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to form a blank 3-D model, then Photoshopped the model to create a Barbie with a real body.  “When I got the white model, I thought, there’s no way this can ever look like a Barbie doll,” says Lamm, “but once I Photoshopped it, I was surprised by how real Barbie can look.”

The results are, in fact, shocking. The new and, as some might say, improved Barbie has a thicker waist, a shorter neck, and a much more shapely backside. In other words—this doll looks perfectly healthy. “I think this shows how beautiful real women are,” says Lamm; “Average is beautiful.” We whole-heartedly agree.

Now you tell us: Would you buy the “real-life” Barbie, or the original classic?

 

 

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  • Saundra Furman Renz

    Where can I get one? LOVE it.

  • jen

    I would definitely like to buy the newer version of barbie; a much better role model for my daughter.

  • rebecca

    Which ever way it goes it’s still stereotyping.  There isn’t one body image better than another.  It’s based on how you view yourself and the people you surround yourself with. I’m sure there’s “skinny” girls who hate their body image as well. That’s why we should raise our girls to embrace their body image and let them know they are beautiful. We if waste our time on very trivial things like this then we should be asking why there isn’t all types of body weight barbies and of all different nationalities.  It is just a doll, and if young girls gain poor self image based on a doll then obviously the parent didn’t give that child the high self esteem she needed.

  • WhatsYourName

    All humans start out skinny, genetics play some role, but a persons weight and body fat comes from a lifetime of decisions they made.  This doll is just an example of America’s increasing complacency and preference for taking the easy way out.  Stay fat, stay easy, America.

  • Chart

    I would NEVER buy my girls a Barbie doll. With the new version, I may reconsider.

  • Valorie

    Shows me food has also played a part. What was Barbie eating?

  • Clricki

    I agree that this is just another sterotype for body image. There are girls out there who naturally look like Barbie and can’t help it. Are we trying to make them feel bad about their bodies. I don’t remember ever wanting to look like Barbie when I was a girl, I only wanted to dress like her. I believe that we, as a society and female role models, put these body image issues into the young minds because of our own issues with “Barbie”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003403734396 Katie Munroe

    If we keep making it OKAY for people to be sick and unhealthy then nothing will change. Being overweight is not just aesthetically unpleasing- it brings up other things that are detrimental to one’s well being. Take into consideration the risks for Diabetes, heart disease,  high blood pressure, internal organ failure and malfunction, and ALL kinds of other issues and maybe  you (those supporting the “bigger barbie” trend) will reconsider teaching our children, our tweens and teens, and our adult peers, that it is OKAY to be big! The slightest bit of fat- I believe anything over 35 inches- which is large ANYWAY – on a female’s waist is UNHEALTHY and can cause MAJOR medical problems! What is this fight about anyway? Why do we want to be “average” as the title says- why aren’t we trying to raise the bar and increase standards so we can have a new generation of people that WANT more out of life, DO more with their lives, and ARE better than the generation before them? There’s nothing beautiful about “average.” Average is just that- nothing special and nothing different. Those who are getting offended around a doll that has been out (and skinny) since 1959 need to realize that this is bigger than their precious egos- this is about a growing PANDEMIC. Over  154.7 million Americans are overweight and 78.4 million of those people are OBESE!  23.9 million CHILDREN are overweight and 12.7 million of those children are OBESE! This PROBLEM (obesity) is the 5th leading global cause for death_ in_ America_ today! Obesity kills 2.8 million people_per_year. The percentage of overweight or obese people  has double sinced 2008. If we keep making it easier for people to stay sick nothing will ever change. Let’s face it- if we make Barbie “average” what’s going to stop the factories from making her  the real size of the “average” American- way too unhealthy, way too fat, and way too big to fit in Barbie’s Dream House. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003403734396 Katie Munroe

    If we keep making it OKAY for people to be sick and unhealthy then nothing will change. Being overweight is not just aesthetically unpleasing- it brings up other things that are detrimental to one’s well being. Take into consideration the risks for Diabetes, heart disease,  high blood pressure, internal organ failure and malfunction, and ALL kinds of other issues and maybe  you (those supporting the “bigger barbie” trend) will reconsider teaching our children, our tweens and teens, and our adult peers, that it is OKAY to be big! The slightest bit of fat- I believe anything over 35 inches- which is large ANYWAY – on a female’s waist is UNHEALTHY and can cause MAJOR medical problems! What is this fight about anyway? Why do we want to be “average” as the title says- why aren’t we trying to raise the bar and increase standards so we can have a new generation of people that WANT more out of life, DO more with their lives, and ARE better than the generation before them? There’s nothing beautiful about “average.” Average is just that- nothing special and nothing different. Those who are getting offended around a doll that has been out (and skinny) since 1959 need to realize that this is bigger than their precious egos- this is about a growing PANDEMIC. Over  154.7 million Americans are overweight and 78.4 million of those people are OBESE!  23.9 million CHILDREN are overweight and 12.7 million of those children are OBESE! This PROBLEM (obesity) is the 5th leading global cause for death_ in_ America_ today! Obesity kills 2.8 million people_per_year. The percentage of overweight or obese people  has double sinced 2008. If we keep making it easier for people to stay sick nothing will ever change. Let’s face it- if we make Barbie “average” what’s going to stop the factories from making her  the real size of the “average” American- way too unhealthy, way too fat, and way too big to fit in Barbie’s Dream House. 

  • lol

    I love the people with mental issues who defend the original Barbie and try to justify her unrealistic and unnatural proportions. Stay sick, proana girl, stay sick.

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  • Jrdw110

     That is really offensive. *Everyone is entitled to their opinion*, but really? Can’t we allow Barbie’s image to reflect what we should really look like? America is no longer in the lead for obesity, and many people are now trying to get healthy. If you really think that this is a bad thing you are severely wrong. Girls feel like they have to starve themselves to be thin, or their self love is diminished, because they genetically cannot lose weight and have low self esteem and body image issues, which makes them gain more weight. We need to be looking at our government to provide more affordable healthy foods and more laws that make industries like the fast food chains serve healthier on the go food.

  • Dyna98

    I’m the average man I work out every day and diet…..but I don’t look anything like GI JOE….adopt the same logic woman are about the Barbie saying it’s unrealistic…..it’s just stupid…..some people…actually lots of men look just like Gi joe….and lots of woman look just like Barbie…..so get over it stop blaming what other people have on your problems….there will always be people with bigger house…nicer cars….etc:….etc….I wish I looked like GI JOE….but in the end I don’t care…..

  • Leanne

    Body image issues come from a lot more than just a barbie little girls play with.  And maybe I think its offensive that you just said that the newer Barbie is what we should look like.  I’m a thin female who does look more like the original Barbie.  Maybe I think the new Barbie looks ugly…see goes both ways.  I don’t starve myself, put on tons of cosmetics, or believe in plastic surgery, I don’t even diet! And I did play with Barbie growing up but I didn’t strive to become her, I saw her as more of a friend not a sexual image that I need to become.  If anything how women were portrayed in television. movies, and magazines are what the issue is. Barbie is a toy, not a real person.  And body image goes back to how the person view themselves. Everyone is beautiful in their own way…skinny, large, thin, average whatever you want to call it no matter what type of body you have you will still have parts of your body you don’t necessarily like or would like to change, everyone have at least on insecurity.  and if they have good self esteem they will be comfortable in their skin whether its genetics or not. And we need to stop blaming fast food chains because you know what no one is forcing this food down people throats, they are choosing to buy unhealthy fast food. You can go into any grocery store and buy healthy food for about the same price as a meal.

  • Mary

    The original Barbie looks more like my body then the new one. No starving, or dieting for me either! I don’t put on a ton of makeup, obsess over my hair and clothes either.  People come in all shapes and sizes, sorry that you’re so insecure with your body that you feel the need to criticize a doll that was made toned and thin.  I feel sorry for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kayla.campbell2121 Kayla Campbell

    Yes there are people as naturally skinny as original barbie..but is it such a crime to show children that natural is beautiful too? Just because they finally are making a realistic version dosnt mean america believes in being obese.

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  • Meg

    I would buy this Barbie because I feel as if I look just like the reaudtic looking Barbie and “Barbie” wouldn’t even have enough body fat to be healthy. She simply out of proportion.

  • Barbie

    No Barbie is out if proportion and the new model is not taking the easy way out but preventing other girls and women from feeling insecure from a false remodel, she is scientifically proven to be in healthy if she was real

  • Daneil

    It’s impossible for anyone to actually look like Barbie. She would be over 7 feet tall with legs that would be unable to support her and a neck that wouldn’t be able to support her head. That and she wouldn’t have enough room in her body for all her vital organs.

  • Hellonotgonnahappen Net

    I WANT THIS DOLL!!!
    This Barbie is gorgeous!
    Her body is so cute!
    Sell me a brunette, hazel-eyed version ASAP!
    *Deep breath*
    I’m 19 years old, and I think this Barbie is (finally) almost perfect!
    Give her brown hair & hazel eyes, and she’ll be amazing!
    I’m really excited that a realistic Barbie has been modeled.
    If the Mattel people are smart, they will market this doll immediately!
    She deserves a chance on the shelves.
    This Barbie actually looks like human being!
    She looks healthy, her shape is adorable,& she’s shorter than the original!

  • Bookworm8720

    So you’re about 7 ft tall with cinched ribs? And legs that can’t really support you? That’s the issue. Not that she’s skinny. Her proportions are COMPLETELY unreal. And if you look- new Barbie isn’t fat at all. She’s got a little tummy definition.

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