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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meet “Normal” Barbie

Earlier this month, I posted about Barbie-like beauty standards etc. Yesterday, I came across this here, which makes a nice follow up, doesn't it:

«Meet “normal” Barbie: She’s not impossibly tall and skinny, but instead created in the proportions of the average 19-year-old American woman. Artist Nickolay Lamm created a 3-D rendering of a "normal" Barbie (pictured at right) next to a standard Barbie by using the CDC's measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman.» (via/full article: Today)

5 comments:

  1. normal barbie ahs some more booty hehe. Great and clever render

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  2. Very clever, absolutely, Tegan. Yet, compared against "Normal Barbie", to me the original one looks quite strange - head's too big, legs look like sticks etc.

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  3. My biggest problem with the Barbie design is that her stylization doesn't look deliberate. Rather than looking like an abstracted, caricatured human, she has enough cues that say "I'm normal!" that when you put her next to the "realistic" one she looks funny (like you said). If you put Ariel from Little Mermaid next to the costumed girl at the park few people will bat an eye at the distortions in the animated version because her proportions and simplification feel like they were done on purpose. Although people do like to complain about Disney princesses too, so maybe that's not the best example.

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  4. BTW, Sam, I like the example about the Disney princesses because - in contrast to Barbie - most Disney dolls have this caricature / cartoon feel to them.

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