​Plus-Size Barbie Illustration Becomes Controversial​​

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December 30, 2021
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A plus-size illustration of the Barbie doll has one Facebook group challenging the idea through debate, which started on Friday, December 27. While the Barbie idea might not even make the stores, it’s a debate worth reading.

Plus-size Barbie debate began on Friday, Dec. 27

The plus-size illustration was posted last week by Plus Size Modeling, but it originally surfaced in 2011 when it won top prize at an artist competition. It has currently sparked a lively debate on Facebook, garnering over 4,7000 comments and close to 40,000 likes.

“Wish there was an ‘average’ Barbie. Not skinny, not obese. Normal proportions,” writes one commentator.

“Average size these days is 14-16. A doll that shows real life perspective, rather than the ideal unhealthy weight like 0 or unhealthy negative display of obese [sic] is a better more healthy approach,” says another.

“No one is naturally fat for gods sake, that’s sending the message to girls that it’s ok to look like this and be unhealthy…” quips another.

It’s the kind of debate that gets carried out every time images of plus-size women surface in the media. Many members of the public are outraged that overweight women are promoted as beautiful.

Yet interestingly enough, one particular artist has created a version of what Barbie would look like if she had average proportions. Sadly, no company has built the design yet. We’re not so sure about the plus-size either.

Artist Nickolay Lamm made waves earlier this year when he released a series of images showing a digitally-altered Barbie based on the average measurements of a 19-year-old American woman.

The decision that a doll company should promote plus-sized dolls for girls might be sending an unhealthy message, which is the basis of their Barbie argument.