It’s different to rationally know that a Barbie doll’s figure is based on wishful — and anatomically impossible — thinking, and then see the gaping disparity between what the doll and an average woman would look like side-by-side.
After comparing a Barbie’s measurements with those of an average American 19-year-old woman (as determined by the CDC), artist Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com decided to take two months to create a real-life rendering of the Barbie doll.
“I want to show that average is beautiful,” Lamm told Business Insider. ” If Barbie can look good as an average woman, why doesn’t Mattel make one? I’ve done a lot of Barbie projects because a lot of things can be improved to make the doll look more like a real woman.”
This juxtaposition is a continuation of Lamm’s other work around the Barbie doll. He has also shown what Barbie would look like without makeup and created images contrasting real versus Barbie-proportioned women.
But the 3-D figurines really brings the message home.
“The 3D printed model allowed me to make an accurate representation of normal Barbie because I used it as an outline in Photoshop,” Lamm said. “The whole project took about two months to complete.”
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