Nickolay Lamm Barbie Makeover : The real Barbie doll is just like you. Shorter and fatter. An artist in Pennsylvania has given Barbie a real-life makeover.
Nicolay Lamm has recreated the traditional blonde Barbie using the measurements of today’s average 19-year-old woman.
Lamm got those measurement from the Centers for Disease Control.
The project at first was just an experiment to see what the difference would be and to address the concerns that the current Barbie doll promotes an unhealthy body image among young girls.
But now, people are asking why Mattel isn’t using the same measurements.
Lamm’s Barbie has a much wider neck, shorter legs, a more realistic waist and a head that looks less like a lollipop.
The project was at first an experiment to see what the difference would be, but after the toy was created Lamm discovered that the average American 19-year-old female figure looks great in plastic toy form, so then why aren’t these measurements just used by Mattel?
“A lot of people say we shouldn’t criticise Barbie because she is a toy,” Lamm explained to us. “However, if there’s a small chance that it’s negatively affecting young girls, and if normal Barbie looks awesome, why not create normal Barbie?” Touché.
In fact, Lamm says he thinks, his version looks “even better than Barbie in its present form”.
His take on Barbs has a much wider neck, shorter legs, a waist that’s less years-of-corset-torture and a head that’s not so lollipop (although her stomach still looks like she’s putting in a good 500 crunches a day).
This isn’t Lamm’s first make-toys-less-crazy-looking project, another removed the makeup from the popular toys of today to see what they would look like fresh faced. The overall conclusion? They usually look better too (the Bratz doll is seriously Dame Edna in the ‘before’).
Speaking of real-life Barbie dolls, check this out – number eight made me snort out my sparkling feijoa in a fit of hilarity.