Little girls are fascinated by Barbie . How can they not, with her slim figure,
her perfect hair and her great sense of style?
But is it natural for little girls to grow up thinking that Barbie can be a role model,
and that this is the way they should aspire to look like? This comes up at a time when the discussion of self-perception, body image and health is more heated than ever, with girls all around the world trying to fit into beauty standards dictated by fashion industry or advertising.
Nickolay Lamm took it upon himself to discover what a Barbie doll would look like, based on the average 19-year-old American girl: 163.3 cm height, 85.4 cm waist, 35.8 cm upper arm length, 36.7 cm upper leg length. The data is provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
It’s not the first time Barbie has been criticized for her look and has been proven not likely to really exist with these measurements, but it is the first time an artist wanted to create a doll that is based on real-life women, with real proportions. His 3D model of Barbie made him confident that young girls would love to play with a doll that has more realistic proportions than the Mattel one.