Just in time for my seemingly monthly Barbie beauty feature, artist Nickolay Lamm has yet again brought us another fascinating study on the wildly inaccurate body proportions of a Barbie doll compared to those of a healthy young woman.
In his last project, Nickolay wondered “if a woman existed with Barbie proportions, what would she look like compared to a normal woman with average body proportions?” and began his research, study, and completion of 3D models of both body types, side by side for comparison. In What Would Barbie Look Like in Real Life? A New Study in Comparison by Artist Nickolay Lamm you really get an in-depth look at the extreme disproportion of Barbie in comparison.
Lamm has taken his study one step further and created a 3D model toy version of what Barbie would look like with “normal” and healthy measurements for a more accurate visualization, with Barbie right next to her for comparison.
Concept, study, and photos courtesy of Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com
Nickolay argues that his last Barbie project got a lot of criticism due to the fact that Barbie is just a “toy” and that a “toy” can’t do any harm.
However, Nickolay insists, “if we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks really good… And if Barbie looks good as an average sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”
I just LOVE looking through the artist’s comparison photos. I think Nickolay’s version looks modern, fit, and healthy, and I don’t see why the toy market doesn’t have room for dolls that represent a more well-rounded vision of the world around us.