Amanda Pendolino
July 02, 2013

Artist Creates a ‘Normal’ Barbie With Real Women’s Measurements

Barbie isn’t anatomically possible. Scaled to human size, she’d have a 16-inch waist, and a neck twice as long and six inches thinner than the average woman’s. (She wouldn’t even be able to pick up her head.) So why not make a Barbie that’s actually proportional to real women?

Artist Nickolay Lamm of has done just that. He used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3D model of a realistic Barbie — and she looks great!

“If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well,” Lamm said. “Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good.”

Lamm continued: “If there’s even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”

I love this new Barbie. If I had any complaint at all, it’d be that she’s still blonde and blue-eyed. Maybe she could be made in multiple versions (and still called Barbie, rather than some second-rate brunette “friend”)? Unlike the makeup-free Barbie drawing that surfaced back in April, this one is still bright and fun.

Even with the popularity of American Girl dolls and other more realistically shaped dolls, Barbie isn’t going away — so if we could just get Mattel to adjust Barbie’s measurements, we could help young girls form a more positive body image. Like Lamm says, what’s stopping them? There’s no reason not to make this doll!