Does Anyone Else Think Jennifer Lopez’s Barbie Doll Mini-Me Is… Missing Something?

Mattel's new JLo Barbie looks great and all, but... where are her curves?

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Like many, I have some thoughts about the Jennifer Lopez Barbie dolls Mattel unveiled last week. Most specifically, I have THESE thoughts: The wardrobe is spot-on—but what happened to JLo’s signature silhouette?

I’m not a super huge JLo fan—I don’t really do the pop music thing, and she’s never struck me as an overwhelmingly interesting actress—but one of the things I do like about her is that she owns her curves. Even better, she owns them in a way that doesn’t hate on less-curvy gals (sure, real women have curves—but that doesn’t mean that ladies who DON’T have curves aren’t real women, too).

So where the heck are her curves?

JLo performing barbie

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I understand that Barbies are mass produced. As such, there’s pretty much just one mold from whence all Barbies spring. From an industry standpoint, it’s the most efficient, cost-effective ways to make as many Barbies as possible, using one mold to create endless variations on a theme. But in cases like this, using the standard Barbie mold to recreate a real-life person has a boat load of side effects, none of which are good. The complicated issues surrounding body image and the perpetuation of impossible beauty standards get squashed down into something that’s merely a matter of convenience. Troubling? Very.

It’s not that I dislike the idea of a Jennifer Lopez doll (or an Elizabeth Taylor doll, or a Farrah Fawcet doll, or any other celebrity-based doll); I just wonder whether Barbie is the best choice for that doll. But maybe that’s just me. Thoughts, Bettys?

Also, this stop-motion video of the JLo Barbie performing with a bunch of Ken dolls as backup dancers is kind of creepy:

Tell us: What do you think about the JLo Barbie? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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