Whether you swooned over her brightly-colored getups or took pleasure in giving her a new ‘do (as in chopping off her long locks), Barbie was a toy we were all-too-familiar with as a child. And though we all understand now that her too-narrow hips, pencil-thin neck, and nearly-nonexistent ankles are totally unrealistic, Mattel’s most infamous plastic creation is part of a culture that promotes the impossible standards for women.
Enter digital artist Nickolay Lamm, who has shown the world (or at least the Internet) what a “realistically proportioned” Barbie would look like. After crafting a 3D model based on CDC measurements of the average 19-year-old woman, he photoshopped it to resemble the blond-haired, blue-eyed doll we love to hate. And she actually looks, well, pretty darn good.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Lamm posed the question, “If there’s even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”
Only one? How about hundreds, in a variety of hair colors, skin tones, and styles.
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.