Barbie’s Body on a Real Woman

By

7th Aug, 2012

20120807-090556.jpg

This image of Barbie’s proportions on an actual human being has been floating around Twitter recently attracting renewed criticism of Barbie’s unrealistic body.

The thing is, I was kind of obsessed with Barbie myself. I played for hours with those six-inch pieces of plastic, creating unnecessary drama with Ken and cruising around my bathroom in the Barbie Corvette. But I don’t particularly remember looking at my Matel creations and thinking, I need to look like this. Because Barbie to me, was clearly a plastic toy doll and not a human. She didn’t even have nipples!

Okay maybe I was a little jealous that my Barbie got to wear beautiful clothes and sparkly evening gowns that my 5 year old self did not, but it ended there!

20120807-090608.jpg

My phase of feeling self conscious about my body came much later, quite a long time after I’d stopped playing with Barbie, when I saw real girls in my school developing differently to me, when I started looking at models in teen magazines etc.

Would I offer my old Barbies to my daughter if I ever have one? Probably, yes. If presented in the right way, Barbie can be a pretty inspiring toy for a young girl. Think how many jobs that toy has! She’s a doctor, an astronaut, a ballerina….

20120807-100624.jpg

One thing that has caught me off guard a little is the discovery that the Barbie’s body I knew as a child has undergone a complete overhaul since 90s and taken on vastly different proportions. What’s noticeable is that the proportions of modern Barbie are a little more realistic, but largely in reference to the model’s body type we’re already bombarded with in the media as adults. Old Barbie was skinny but she also looked a little robotic with her boxy torso, so the distinction between human and plastic doll was pretty clear. Naughties Barbie with more definition to her breasts and her arched back looks, dare I say it, more sexualized; therefore more human, closing the gap between plastic doll and human.

What do you think? Is Barbie (old or new) an appropriate toy for young girls? Did anyone feel influenced by Barbie’s looks as a child?

Images via here

:::

MORE ABOUT BODIES AND BARBIES:
.

20120807-101936.jpg

20120807-101947.jpg

20120807-101957.jpg

You might also like

Comments

More in Art & Design AwesomenessConversation StartersEditor's PicksHow to start a subcultureInspiration VaultLife is MessyPeople / Icons / Muses

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

wanda11

Meet me at the Girlfriends Café

I need to prioritise some Euro tripping with my girlfriends this summer, but of course getting a group of your ladies together even just for a night out can sometimes feel a little like herding c...

Trending 1,269
redvelvet_Fotor

For Sale: The Red Velvet Apartment in Paris

Isn't it just fabulous?! A little strange, but kinda fabulous. I'm picturing Jessica Rabbit smoking her cigarette pipe out of the window here on a misty evening in Paris, the opening scene for her...

Trending 3,347
graffitigang1

The Grandmothers Graffiti Gang

So you think your grandparents aren't "street" enough?  Too set in their ways to get down with the kids? Meet the granny graffiti gang of Lisbon, Portugal, pioneered by an unusual initiative givin...

Trending 4,793
fat1

Summer Sleepovers at the Mad Hatter’s new Digs

In a parallel world, at the end of the rabbit hole, where tea parties are just part of the daily routine, I hope this is what the architecture looks like. But this house seems to have made it out o...

Trending 2,505