The Darling Nomadess: Barbie 2.0: A New Look for an American Icon

Monday, July 8, 2013

Barbie 2.0: A New Look for an American Icon

Here
Barbie has set the standard for women's physical ideals since her creation in 1959. Though her measurements are unrealistic, Barbie has been the icon for physical wellness throughout her years of being America's favorite toy for young girls. 

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."   

Here
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?

With Love,
Ashliegh

References: Read more about the recreated Barbie here, here, and here.

Linking up with Aree with an Umbrella and IFB'S Links a la Mode!

I invite you to follow me on FacebookTwitterInsagramPinterest, and Bloglovin'!

14 comments:

  1. I really appreciate this new model. Many girls starves only because of getting a perfect body , just like Barbie. This model will make difference!

    ReplyDelete
  2. love it! I've always thought Barbie was way too skinny and that young girls put too much emphasis on that! although the new look for Barbie looks strange, I'm happy for it! Hopefully this will be an influence for normal body sizes :) Thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your input, Danielle. I think this newer version does look strange and disproportionate, but I think it's leading to the right direction to give Barbie a more proportionate and realistic look!

      Delete
  3. I played with Barbie's for YEARS when I was younger, and honestly at such a young age I wasn't really paying much attention to how skinny she was, or how tall either.
    I think that society does put too much pressure on ideals of how we SHOULD look, but I don't think that having a 'fatter' barbie will help girls to stop starving their selves when there is a constant broad casting of skinny girls on tv and in magazines all edited up to the eyeballs.
    Granted, this barbie does look more realistic, but I definitely agree that it doesn't really represent us hourglass shaped girls well,
    Growing up I never played with a mixed race barbie either, so until we get a barbie doll to represent every size, shape and ethnicity - will society truly be happy?
    Thanks for posting something that was so thought provoking!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your response to this post, Jenny! I really appreciate it, totally made my day! And you make a valid point that until we have a Barbie for everyone, our society won't be happy!

      Delete
  4. Yeah, I rather like the older skinny model. The new one looks frumpy. I played with Barbies when I was a young girl and never gave her size one thought.

    Good post though .. I probably wouldn't have see this otherwise ;-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree with you, Monica! The new Barbie has an almost nonexistent waist line and is very disproportioned. I almost mistook her for a Ken doll when i first saw her! I also, never gave her size a thought as a kid. I see no problem with Barbie having a feminine hourglass figure.

      Delete
  5. Ashleigh, I actually like the look of the new barbie. I think it gives young girls a more reasonable representation of the body and a better self image of how their body should look. This barbie has an actual bootie and hips. I think it is more realistic!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Though Barbie 2.0 has a more realistic body, I disagree with this being how a woman's body should look. I can appreciate that Barbie Got Back *insert chuckle*. However, I believe there is nothing wrong with a desire to have a feminine body that is curvy and fit. Barbie 2.0 has an almost nonexistent waist line and if that's the way a woman's body should look, than I have serious concerns for our society's state of physical wellbeing.

      But that's just me. Thanks for your input, Maddy! I have definitely enjoyed the conversations being held about this Barbie 2.0

      Delete
  6. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this. I understand why and I like the idea...however, if they take it too far are we encouraging the exact opposite? Hmm...something to think about for me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ahh, thank you for this! You make an excellent point, and one that I had been pondering when I wrote this post. Since Barbie is such an icon of our physical ideals, when we make a more "average" looking Barbie, those ideals that we should be striving for - NOT for skinniness, but for physical fitness and wellness - are switched to this new perspective. If a 33 inch waist becomes the new "ideal", I have major concerns for the state of fitness.

      I think I would be ok if Barbie was able to keep her feminine hourglass figure, but make her "real life" measurements about a 25/26 inch waist. Though Barbie's 18 inch waist is unrealistic, her waist to hip ratio is .7 which is considered the "perfect" ratio.

      Delete
  7. Personally, I don't think dolls need to look realistic, and that it's weird when they do. I'm sure that the proportions of American Girl dolls and my porcelain dolls would also look weird on human beings....but I see no need to start trying to make dolls look more human. Dolls are dolls, and they are fun, and pretty, and humans are humans, and they are beautiful and interesting and full of life. Honestly, the new Barbie still looks nothing like me, and even if I did look exactly like me, I think that would be more weird than cool. I always played with Barbie as a kid, and it never made me even think I should get highlights to change my brunette hair into blond hair!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I like the new realistic Barbie - they'll only continue to make it if it sells. I wonder why it took this long to come up with it, because they've done so many different Barbie's!!

    ReplyDelete

Hey there, Darling! I love hearing from my lovely readers! Leave a comment below or email me at darlingprepster@gmail.com! XOXO