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What Would Barbie's Proportions Look Like on a Real Woman? Come See

By Glamour Magazine Aug 10, 2012 3:11PM

by Beth Shapouri, Glamour

We know what it would look like if Barbie got married (see here and here—no, really, you MUST check out those links), but what if she were a real woman? The folks behind the Twitter feed So Bad So Good found a picture that shows her figure drawn on a model's body, and the results are, as you might expect, a little bit insane.

The second I spotted this over at The Daily Mail I thought, Oh, I'm going to have to post this one. We all know her waist measurement is ridiculous, but what's up with the tiny chin? Are tiny chins hot? This has honestly never been a thought in my life. Other observations: Her eyes are ENORMOUS, her neck is basically a toothpick and her boobs would be so high she could use them as a storage shelf.

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Of course, criticism of Barbie's unrealistic body isn't a new thing, but seeing it drawn on a real woman is pretty jarring. I mean, her body wouldn't be a hospitable place for a full set of ribs, and her spine would have to be so thin her doctor would have her on Boniva in about 10 seconds. This is not hot. Perhaps Lelaina Pierce really should have made that Pulitzer-prize-winning documentary Why Barbie is Bad.

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Are you surprised by the lines you see here? Are you also thrown off by the tiny chin? Are you worried about the message Barbie's proportions send? And did you play with Barbies growing up yourself? Talk about it all below!

P.S. Did you know there's a Katniss Barbie for you Hunger Games Fans?

Photo: Twitter

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Aug 27, 2012 12:04PM
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The doll isn't a problem itself, but part of bigger problem. We grow up with a stereotype of beauty which most of us will strongly believe and will even persecute later. Why do you think there are so many plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures just to make us feel happy with our body, even when we don't really need it? Maybe you won't care about any of it, but we all know it's true for most people. Yes, is just a toy, and that is just a model, and this is just photoshop and makeup. Well, we are surrounded by an unrealistic concept of beauty, and we should ask ourselves why what we usually consider beautiful is so damn close to these stereotypes.
Aug 12, 2012 4:25AM
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Its a toy. It is like these psychologist saying roadrunner is bad for kids. Most of the time kids know fantasy from reality. We really need to give our kids more credit.
Aug 12, 2012 3:08AM
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When I was a kid, I had many barbies. Of course I admired her/them, but I knew her body wasn't realistic even as a child. It was a toy and just that. This is really stupid to focus on. 
Aug 12, 2012 1:49AM
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When I played with my Barbie dolls we thought of them as dressup dolls we didn't think I want to look like her when I grow up.  I stopped playing with my Dolls about 13 years old because I was mature enough to start Babysitting and wanted to save my dolls for when I had children of my own.  If we waant to worry about dolls we should think about all the Princesses we buy for our girls.  What messages are we sending to our girls when we tell them they should be treated as princeces and buy them designer clothes and go into dept because their classmates will judge them for not having the name brand clothes.  I was grateful to have what my parents bought me.  I think we give our children a message of excess is good so you can fit in.  What happened to being thankful for what we have because not everyne gets what they want.  I think we should go back to the morales we grew up wiith and be the parents our parents were.  I thank my parents for the values they instilled in me. I just hope I did a good job raising my child.

 

Aug 12, 2012 1:15AM
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she looks like a freak!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Aug 12, 2012 12:51AM
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it's a toy!! and kids realize this! Little girls play dress up with Barbies and carry her around by her hair naked.  Grown ups have the prblem with Barbie.
Aug 12, 2012 12:40AM
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When I was a young girl I play with a Barbie doll but it wasn't like I looked at it and said "hay I want to look just like a Barbie doll some day". There may be some women who want the barbie doll look but then maybe they have more deep seated problems. Are there any young men who wanted to grow up to look like a Ken or GI Joe dolls, that is without a penis? Maybe there should be a study on that. By the way...I played with my brothers toy trucks but didn't dream of being a truck driver.

Aug 11, 2012 11:49PM
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So are Cabbage Patch Kids supposed to be made realistically proportionate now?
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