Most of us grew up playing with Barbies, dressing them up in various outfits, driving them around in Barbie cars, and having them go on the occasional date with Ken.
I'm not sure when the exact point was that I realized I didn't look anything like Barbie. She was tall, with long legs, blonde hair, the tiniest waist, and a huge chest (I am aware Barbies came in a lot of other skin and hair colors, but classic Barbie is usually depicted as a blonde).
Like most girls, I felt, and still occasionally feel, the pressure to be thin. So when I discovered graphic designer Nickolay Lamm created an average Barbie, the young girl in me wished she could have played with Barbies that look more like me.
According to science, Barbie's measurements wouldn't even hold up. She is so disproportionate that she wouldn't be able to stand up. She also would have a body fat percentage that would be so low, she wouldn't even get periods.
Some frightening findings from 'Body Wars' by Margo Maine, Ph.D. via Huffington Post:
If Barbie was a real person…
— At 5’9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and
fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate.
— If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her
— Barbie would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe!
— With a 16” waist, Barbie only has room for half a liver and a few inches of intestine.
— Barbie’s 3.5” wrists would make her incapable of lifting anything.
Lamm found the average proportions for a 19-year-old woman by visiting the Center for Disease Control, and created the "Normal Barbie" using a 3-D printer.
"I created Normal Barbie because I want to show that average is beautiful."
This just reminds me that beauty really is more about someone's inside rather than their outside. I may not have the smaller waist I always dream about, and my stomach may not be as flat as I'd like it to be, but I am perfect just the way I am.
I have two legs that can move, I have two hands that can be used to provide aid to people, arms to embrace, a mouth to smile with, a mind to think of ways to help improve our world, and everything else is just extra.