Saturday, June 4, 2011

How would Barbie look if she were full sized?

In preparation for my upcoming show in September, I've been researching Barbie and her pervasive influence on our society.  This article is an interesting one - a young woman made a life-size representation of Barbie in the proper dimensions.  It's a bit scary!

Barbie doll in real life

The article also has some good statistics about how many Barbies are sold each day, etc. My favorite tidbit (just in case any of us doubted the message we might get from Barbie):

Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled "How to Lose Weight" with directions inside stating simply "Don't eat."

At my show I'll have an exhibit where you can compare yourself to Barbie - and to a typical 5'10" slender model and a "full-figured" model.  Hopefully it'll give you the chance to see how far from an obtainable reality any of the media's images are.  The full-figured model is not too bad, but still not "normal".

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