Admist the wave of booming plus size fashion lines, more realistic-sized store mannequins and models, a plus size Barbie image has sparked controversy online.
Plus-size-modeling.com posted the full figured doll, complete with a triple chin, full bust and curvier limbs, garnering over 35,000 Facebook likes. While many are excited about the new, full-figure figurine, others have debated this new Barbie is not in a girl’s best interest and should not be marketed to children.
“No one is naturally fat for gods sake, that’s sending the message to girls that it’s ok to look like this and be unhealthy…” said one commenter.
>Another poster commented, “Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller,but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl,but come on this is ridiculous.”
It seems as if Barbie has become the poster child for physical extremes… from unnaturally skinny to tipping the scale obesity. What about the average sized Barbie? Artist Nickolay Lamm gave Barbie a virtual makeover, known as Normal Barbie - reflecting the average 19 year old female’s proportions and dress size.