What Real Barbie Would Look Like

By Ted

Barbie has long been criticized because she looks nothing like a real woman.

Many feel that young girls who play with Barbie Dolls can develop an unrealistic sense of what beauty is and a distorted body image.

Here’s what a normal 19 year old American woman would really look like as a Barbie Doll.

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Artist Nickolay Lamm created a 3-D “realistic” Barbie (pictured above) next to a standard Barbie by using the Center for Disease Control’s measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman.

I have always thought that Barbie looks nothing like a real woman and her ankles would break if they were really that skinny from the weight of her breasts alone!

Would it be healthier if young girls played with realistic Barbie instead?

23 Comments

  1. Melissa M.

    I think, for perspective, we need to reshape GI Joe, or Ken with today’s CDC average measurements.
    I had a few Barbie dolls and they never made me feel inadequate, unattractive, or as if I in any way didn’t measure up. They were dolls with no hidden power over my self esteem. These are beyond first world problems, people.
    If Original Barbie makes you feel any of the above, get help. It’s a freaking doll. I’m tired of the pronoun police tearing down all that was fine 20 years ago, because it makes them feel powerful. It just makes them bullies, plain and simple.

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  2. Menopausal Barbie

    Wow! I don’t remember me and my daughter having these pictures taken. I used to look like the old Barbie, but now my daughter looks like old Barbie. somehow in my old age I look like the new Barbie. I Shrunk and gained weight. My daughter would be so happy that her feet look tiny on this picture. Personally I think both Barbies have a realistic look. That’s what I see every time I get in front of a mirror. lol. My mom always said she gave us good GENES. Thanks MOM!

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  3. Barbara Kelly

    My Barbie just came with a swimsuit so I made a few dresses for her that I sewed by hand; simple dresses that didn’t require skill.
    I used glamorous material and I felt so proud of myself afterwards.

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  4. Kia

    I think there is not one “realistic” barbie- some people might naturally look a lot like barbie, and other might look more like the “realistic” Barbie naturally too. Everyone has a different body, that’s why I love the new Barbie line that includes more body types.

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  5. Rubel Hossain

    Real Barbie is too short. She has a better backside , but the truth is if you transferred this to the Fake Barbie then she would look overall much better. Fake Barbie needs bigger boobs, butt and wider hips. Fake Barbie also has prettier feet. Sorry, but it’s a myth that proportionally short girls look nicer. It’s girls with smaller external features, like hands and feet. But their overall height is nicer when taller.

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    • Tara

      Barbie is something that should be forbidden for children. Women are going to keep destroying them selves with negative self image and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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  6. Buttface McFartson

    “realistic” barbie’s arms are still way too skinny… all they did was change her from a stylized ‘hourglass’ body type to a more realistic ‘apple’ body type

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  7. Toriana

    “Real” Barbie has a nicer butt too! 🙂

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  8. Grumpnutz

    Neither look normal to me. Why are people so obsessed with “correcting” images. People learn to love themselves or they don’t, that is simply life. Why try to propose a “normal” when there is so much variability in bodies and tastes? “Average” does not mean as much in the US, either–second most obese nation on earth.

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  9. GraMargot

    Leave Barbie alone. I played with her back in the 1960’s while in elementary school. I never once thought I would look like her. All my dolls had unique looks, figures, coloring and were used for a different purpose: cuddling, grooming hair, dressing, wetting, etc.

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    • Lica

      Ah… I like your post! Yeah you are right. You also brought back some nice memories for me as a kid growing up playing with all kinda of different dolls but I did love my Barbies. I never looked at Barbie as a symbol of any kind just a doll to play with. Although I was always tall & skinny myself so never gave it much thought. She brought a lot of joy to my life that’s all I know. Lay off Barbie. Lol!!

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  10. Heather

    Wow, real-Barbie got back!

    I refuse to buy Barbie for my daughter. Or those Bratz dolls. Ick. She’s got plenty of blocks and toy cars and stuffed animals and books but NO hypersexualized dolls that promote nothing more than consumerism.

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  11. Milemom

    I never thought I’d say this…but Barbie looks better. New Barbie looks short and stumpy…and I’m saying this as a 5’2 woman who doesn’t mind being short

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  12. Melissa

    Keep trying. The new Barbie is awful! I think you need to give people more credit then to think we aspire to look like a doll.

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  13. Kristen

    I think this “real” Barbie is a good start, yet it feels like just a start. What about all the magazines and TV/movies these kids will see from a young age. How do we change the unrealistic images there??

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    • Ted

      You are so right, it will require such a huge cultural shift.

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  14. Ariana

    How is that butt average?!…

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  15. Jim

    I think most kids see them as dolls… not body shapes to aspire to….

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  16. DJ

    Quit dumping on Barbie. Not everyone can be a beauty queen. Get over it!

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    • Ted

      I’m pretty sure not even beauty queens look like that…

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  17. kitekrazy

    That doesn’t even look like a female Caucasian butt and most girls aren’t that flat these days. Back to the drawing board.

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    • Ted

      This was based on data from the CDC not just the artists guess. However, how the artists chose to distribute the weight was his interpretation.

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  18. Spectra

    I think the “realistic” Barbie is a helluva a lot more aesthetically pleasing, that’s for sure. She has curves and an actual butt. I would’ve liked a doll like that as a kid.

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