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5 Barbies We Still Want to See

5 Barbies We Still Want to See

It wasn’t until I was in high school that someone told me that, if Barbie were real, she wouldn’t even be able to stand up because her body is so disproportionate. Unfortunately, this realization came to me far later than it should have; her cinched waist, ample bosom and blonde tresses already had me feeling inadequate in my new womanhood. Even though I never really enjoyed playing with Barbie dolls, I was still familiar with the fact that her looks were something to strive for, and I was painfully aware that they were not looks I possessed.

Thankfully, artist Nickolay Lamm has created a Barbie that shows us what the doll might look like if she were based on the proportions of “normal” women. And guess what? She’s beautiful! But you know what would be even more beautiful? If we ditched the word “normal” when referring to women and embraced women of all kinds.

Even though Lamm’s Barbie is a step in the right direction, here are five more that we’d love to see.

Barbies of Color (For Real)

Sadly, many women around the world still feel that stereotypically “white” features are the best features. The days when kids were shown a white doll and a black doll and asked which was more pretty (they picked the white doll most often) may seem far away, but Barbie still shapes the way we see beauty in many ways besides just measurements. Having Barbies of color would be a wonderful addition to this lineup — Barbies whose features actually reflect those of different races rather than just changing her clothing and skin, eye and hair color.

Disabled Barbie

Barbie has always been an able-bodied woman, which means that she does not reflect women with physical disabilities. Women who have such disabilities are beautiful, too, and it would be heartwarming to see a Barbie who has a disability. This would go a long way towards de-marginalizing women with disabilities.

Religious Freedom Barbie

Though we cannot speak to Barbie’s religion, the fact that she has white wedding gown accessories, and that I used to play with her and wedding-Ken at a chapel when I was a child, I’m assuming that she is Christian. Most often in Western countries, Judeo-Christian culture is seen as the norm, when that is not the case. America was built on religious freedom, so seeing Barbies of different religions would show that Barbie supports you, no matter your faith.

Plus-Sized Barbie

The world has been begging for more plus-sized models for quite some time, so why not a plus-sized Barbie? Lamm’s Barbie might have “normal” proportions, but that doesn’t mean she reflects the way most women look. When women see plus-sized models in catalogues and magazines, we are filled with joy at the sense that someone out there understands that very few women are stick-thin like most models we see (and most of them are airbrushed). A plus-sized Barbie would have the same effect as plus-sized models.

LGBTQ Barbie

Though I’m not sure how this would look since those who identify as LGBTQ are not discernible by their outward appearance, it would be great to see a Barbie who identifies somewhere on this spectrum. As stated above, since Barbie and Ken have pretty much always been together, and since they do come with wedding accessories, it would be wonderful to see a Barbie doll who doesn’t identify as straight and dis-gendered. Maybe that’s as easy as pairing her with another woman rather than Ken, or making her an LGBTQ-ally. Either way, I’d love to see it.

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Photo Credit: Nickolay Lamm (with permission)

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7:13PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

...I still do NOT!

12:03AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

How to have a Barbie Holiday:
1. Put up some mistletow and kiss every plastic guy that stands under it.
2. Hug everyone without bending your arms.
3. On Christmas morning, drive your car through the living room.
4. remeber to turn your head 360 degrees at parties to make eye contact with everyone in the room.
5. Ask Santa for a whole new wardrobe.
6. Spend a romantic evening by the fireplace melting in your sweetheart's arms.
7. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!!

3:33AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Can't stand toys made from oil derivatives and that leave no room for healthy imagination.

12:23AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

ty

9:41PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Got it! Where I'm from, we'd call you a "TITTA Barbie!"

9:13PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

I have one more thing to say then, i'm going to leave it alone. Ck. Out the front page of Care 2 in Health. There talking abt. The Scary Truth of Depression & Dementia. Isn't that funny how God works! That article is all you!

7:34PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Forget your pastor... He has nothing to do with the Shhhh.... that comes outta your mouth!

7:28PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

You said, "I give credit to the writer of this article for bringing some fun into your lives."
Do you remember what you wrote in your earlier comment, abt. this article and the writer? This is what you said, and I quote.
"To the author of this article, you obviously have been sheltered behind classroom doors of your journalism class haven't you? That, or you've lived underneith a rock for a good long time!
When's the last time you took a stroll down the Barbie isle at Toys R Us?"
So, does that sound like someone who likes the writer and the topic? I don't think so... Either you have Alzheimer's or your two faced. BTW, you spelled underneith wrong! It's spelled Underneath. Shouldn't you be hosting a Tupperware party or playing Bingo somewhere? Don't play with me i'm way outta your league!

6:00PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

MY MY!! ..
IT SEEMS OUR LOISE AINHORN - FOX NEWS BABRBIE FORGOT TO TAKE HER PROZACT AND HALDOL TODAY! .. AND HER CUP OF COFFEE?
MARGARITAS AND LIVE KEN DOLLS ARE ALWAYS SO LOVELY THIS TIME OF DAY..

And by the way,.. according to my pastor he said there are two kinds of females:
He said one can be spelled out,..

B - Beautiful I - Intelligent T - Talented C- Charming H - Hospitable

.. The other IS WHAT SHE IS! Her personality and Character speak for itself.

5:27PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Let me spell it out for you...
D O
Y O U
U N D E R S T A N D ???

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