What Would Barbie Look Like in Real Life? A New Study in Comparison by Artist Nickolay Lamm

Artist Nickolay Lamm, who recently did a fun and fascinating study on Barbie and other children’s dolls called What Barbie Would Really Look Like Without Makeup? just completed his latest project working with Marco Romero called What Would Barbie Look Like In Real Life? where he compared Barbie’s astronomically irregular body proportions to that of a healthy 19 year old woman’s body proportions using 3D models to demonstrate.

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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 {see photos and measurements below}.

Of course, Barbie is just a doll, and I’m sure people are going to say that a toy can’t negatively affect a young girl’s self-esteem. However, if people talk so much about skinny models in advertisements, surely we can talk about Barbie. H&M recently made headlines for having a normal sized model in its ads. So, if H&M can get so much positive publicity for something as simple as that, perhaps Mattel can reinvigorate sales of Barbie by making a Barbie that looks more like a normal woman. If we assume that Barbie is 19 years old, shouldn’t girls have access to toys which resemble realistic proportions?

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Barbie, at 1/6 scale, would be 175.26 cm in height { 69 inches | 5’9″ tall } and have the following measurements…

91.44 cm bust | 36 inches
45.72 cm waist | 18 inches
83.82 cm hips | 33 inches
55.88 cm head circumference | 22 inches
22.86 cm neck circumference | 9 inches

A healthy 19 year old girl, 163.3 cm in height { 64.3 inches | 5’3-1/2″ tall } and measurements below, come from CDC.gov and the infographic from Barbie Body Would Be Pretty Odd-Looking In Real Life via Huffington Post …

85.4 cm waist | 33.6 inches
35.8 cm upper arm length | 14.1 inches
36.7 cm upper leg length | 14.5 inches
50.8 cm head circumference | 20 inches
38.1 cm neck circumference | 15 inches

Project concept and photos by artist Nickolay Lamm commissioned by UK Discount Site MyVoucherCodes.co.uk

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