Here's What An "Average" Barbie Looks Like

by Jaleesa Jones

Did I have Barbies growing up? Please observe my Oscar-worthy stale face and dramatic hair-flip, and follow me to to my Barbie dream house, Barbie mobile home, Barbie convertible, and my army of blue-eyed Barbie and Ken dolls.

Of course, despite their staple-status, over the years, the quintessential Mattel product has received flack for its design, with the chief complaint being that Barbie’s proportions are unrealistic.

As reported by the Huffington Post, "If Barbie were an actual woman, she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe. At 5’9” tall and weighing 100 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. If Barbie has a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions."

Complaints substantiated. So, what would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average woman? That’s what Artist Nicoklay Lamm of set out to discover. Using CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, Lamm created a 3D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll. Lamm then photoshopped the 3D model to make it look like a Barbie doll. Bam!

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The results are a striking contrast but “average” Barbie looks damn good to me. She actually has an ass, and her thighs (almost) touch. Kudos, Lamm. This is pretty amazing.