Artist Nickolay Lamm recreated Barbie to have the measurements of an average 19-year-old American young woman. This artist also challenged beauty standards through taking off the doll's make up. Lamm believes that, "if we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well."
If Barbie were a real woman, her waist would be 18 inches. Lamm's Barbie's waist is 33 inches around.
This new Barbie is quite shocking to me. It really puts into perspective how America's role model of physical ideals is unrelatable and unrealistic for most.
Personally, as an hourglass figure myself, I found it hard to accept this new athletic-built Barbie and never thought Barbie influenced my younger self negatively in terms of body image (if anything, that was the bullies). With the growing rate of eating disorders and body image issues, I do understand that some girls are being impacted by Barbie's influence.
"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?" Asked Lamm.
What are your thoughts on this new version of Barbie?