Artist makes Barbie an average-sized woman

The project is intended to raise awareness about body image among teenage women

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She may appear to be the most innocent of children’s toys, but Barbie has long been criticised for distorting teenage perceptions of body image. Now, thanks to a Barbie created using the dimensions of the average woman, we can see what she should really look like.

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Made by artist Nickolay Lamm, the normal-sized model is designed to the measurements from the average 19-year-old American woman, provided by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Lamm then put the two Barbies together to show the differences between them.

He said: “If we criticise skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good in the pictures I produced.”

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“So, 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?”