Artist Nickolay Lamm created a "Barbie" doll with more lifelike proportions based on an Average healthy ninteen year old woman. Nickolay created a 3-D model of Average Barbie and then used Photoshop to make the model look like Barbie.
While this version of Barbie still fits into specific beauty categories (blonde, tan, made up...beautiful) it's an alternative to the completely unrealistic versions we were used to playing with as little girls. Props to this artist for quoting the research of Dittmar and Anschutz who point out some of the effects Barbie can have on our body image including body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and the desire to be thin.
"If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well," Nickolay Lamm told the Huffington Post. "Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good." The artist also stated that "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?"
We'd like to ask the same question. What is stopping them from creating a doll that is so imperative to the well being of Average girls? What do you think? Would this solve body dissatisfaction issues in young girls? Would it help?
Check out the artist's original post here.