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Life-Size Barbie Showcases Doll’s Unrealistic Proportions

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College student Galia Slayen wanted to prove that Barbie presented an unrealistic physical ideal for little girls as a way to work through her own eating disorder. So she created a life-size replica of Barbie, her ridiculous proportions to scale. Check her out in the clip below—she’s scary! In a piece in The Huffington Post, Slayen also notes:

• If Barbie were an actual women, she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe.
• Barbie calls this a "full figure" and likes her weight at 110 lbs.
• 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 proportions.
Plus: Are Toy Dolls Getting Too Sexy?

Does seeing how preposterous her figure is make you think twice about buying Barbie for your daughter?


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