Mattel, the company that manufactures Barbie dolls has been criticized in the past for the almost anorexic dimensions of its specimens. That is why a plus size Barbie is being taken into consideration by a group that wants realistic standards for American females.
We all know that the unrealistic measurements of Barbie dolls don’t apply in real life. Whereas the waist measurement of the average American woman is 37.5 inches, if the doll were to come to life it would have a 16 inch waist. This is extreme by any standard. So taking that as a starting point for their campaign, Plus Size Modeling put the new healthier body image to the test.
Facebook was the platform where it asked people to vote for the fat Barbie positively by liking it or negatively by lending their feedback. The response was overwhelmingly in the affirmative. People wanted to do away with the strict laws of supermodel behavior. They preferred a curvier and heftier Barbie. However, some commented on the triple chins on the fat Barbie as being demeaning to obese women.
While more than 40,000 people gave the plus size Barbie the thumbs up, there were a few who said that neither too fat nor too thin was the ideal. A normal Barbie with a feminine form was okay and a good role model for girls playing with dolls. Triple chins were out though. No one approved of an out of shape Barbie.
Meanwhile, the maker of the doll, Mattel, has refused to get wound up in the debate. It prefers to remain aloof from the challenge to anorexia that this consumer rights group has placed before it.