Today's Daily Dirty Diary

BARBIE GETS REAL

Artist and researcher, Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com came up with his own more realistic version of Barbie, using C.D.C measurements of an average 19 year old. He printed a 3-D model, fashioned it to exactly match the aesthetic, and even created identical packaging. The result is a girl that is still strikingly attractive but with a more attainable, athletic build. There is even a petition  for supporters to contact Mattel, Inc. via their Facebook page to voice their sentiment to permanently adhere to these new proportions.

Launched in 1959, the American toy company Mattel Inc. introduced Barbie to mainstream culture and arguably revolutionized our the aesthetic standards that women would aspire to. Over the past 50 years, the company developed into a 50 billion dollar enterprise branching off into countless reinventions of the figurehead prototype as well as accessories and collectible dolls. Traditionalists supported the idea of feeding this notion of perfection to girls, believing it would give them a direct representation of what society expected of them.

Proponents in the past several decades have repudiated the idea altogether. From feminists to therapists to incensed citizens, all seem to agree that this unattainable notion has only set back the core ideals of Women’s Lib, giving rise to the term, the Barbie Syndrome.

 

 

 






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