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The reality of Barbie’s proportions — now in handy infographic form

Posted by Tom Megginson | 18-04-2013 01:36 | Category: Health

The reality of Barbie's proportions — now in handy infographic form

As much as I am concerned with distorted body images in the media, I’m often suspicious about attempts to compare Mattel’s Barbie doll’s proportions to real life. Partly because she is a doll, and dolls are not exactly expected to be anatomically correct. But also because these things tend to exaggerate.

They are interesting, however. Here’s one from the BBC:


The idea here is that, to be realized, Barbie must either be squished horizontally to have the same proportions as the human model, or must be made into a giant to have a realistic 28-inch waist.

And then there’s this one, by student Galia Slayen:

The reality of Barbie's proportions — now in handy infographic form

See what I mean? This microcephalic Amazon looks nothing like any Barbie my sister ever played with.

This one, by Katie Halchishick of Healthy Is The New Skinny, is far more credible:


But back to Barbie Up Close. Designed by Rehabs.com, a site that connects patients with eating disorder rehabilitation centres in the United States, it goes into far more medical detail about what Barbie would really experience.

Here it is in full. Click to see full size.


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