Which would you be likely to grab if presented with the choice of an average Barbie or a “plus-sized Barbie?” Well, a Facebook page, Plus Size Modeling, recently posted on their page the option, and there was a mix of answers.
The question has already generated a staggering 36,000 likes and over 16,000 shares, but not all responses were quite so nice. Take a look at the picture below and make up your own mind.
Although the post was incurring quite the outpouring of support, the negativity still rolled in. One Facebook user, Kyle Boise, expressed her concerns saying, “Yeah lets promote poor health and eating habits. Just what America needs.”
Melissa Audet stated, “I hope she comes with a blood pressure cuff to show young girls that how many chins she has is not what’s important but the health issues that could come along with being this size.”
The concerns were literally limitless regarding the effect it could have on children portraying the doll as an acceptable body form—and by doing so, lifestyle.
There was however, one feature on the proposed doll that seemed to have everyone talking. The fact that the doll had three chins had people dumbfounded.
Lauren Johnson mentioned, “’I think the double chin is ridiculous!”
MaryBeth Gafford was quick to agree adding, “The triple chin is too much. Most overweight people (me included) only have a double chin no matter what size they are. This Barbie is inaccurate.”
Most people seemed more “down the middle of the road,” realizing the need to change the appearance of the unrealistically “perfect” doll, but not the need to change her so drastically.
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Lindsay Keg-leg Kahlig led the march off expressing, “[The] average [dress] size these days is 14-16. A doll that shows real life perspective, rather than the ideal unhealthy weight like 0 or unhealthy negative display of obese is a better more healthy approach.” Bec Bailey agreed, adding, “Not plus size but definitely healthy weight. A size 12-14 girl would be a great image. Too low or too high a BMI promotes unhealthy living.”
Michelle Ashford asked, “Why not have a realistically proportioned Barbie that promotes healthy diet and exercise?”
An artist recently molded his own doll inspired by Barbie except accurately portraying an average 19 year old girl according to CDC measurements. After his research revealed that if Barbie were a real person, she would weigh a mere 110 pounds and be considered anorexic.
Realizing the need to discover what the average girl looks like according to scale, and to satisfy his own curiosity, Nickolay Lamm, 24, molded his accurate depiction and photographed it next to the unrealistic Barbie.
He then only had one question: “If Barbie looks good as an average sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”
So which would you buy—original, average, or plus-size Barbie?