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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Barbie gets (another) real makeover

A voice of reason for young girls everywhere, illustrator Nickolay Lamm is not letting up with his eye-opening series of Barbie critiques. First he focused on the icon's heavy makeup, giving her a more natural look. Then he went after her unrealistic body proportions. For that, he compared her side-by-side to illustrations of a mockup realistic version, based on average measurements of a 19-year-old American woman as provided by the CDC. And this time, through the magic of Photoshop and 3D printing, the Pittsburgh-based artist and blogger-whose other recent projects have taken on the Great Gatsby and how humans might look in the future-has "made" the true-to-life Barbie (on paper, at least). "So, 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?" Lamm asked Yahoo! Shine. Good question.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

 

   Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
  

Lamm used digital altering and 3D printing to create the normal-sized Barbie, right.
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
   

 The artist first created a 3D model of the new Barbie, basing the proportions on CDC measurements — such as a 33.62-inch waist and 15-inch neck circumference — of an average American 19-year-old woman.
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
   

Then he retouched the photos to make the model look like a real doll. Which is pretty darn cute.
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
  

 "My last Barbie project got a lot of criticism because Barbie is a toy," Lamm told Yahoo! Shine in an email. "People argue that a toy can't do any harm."


    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
  

 "However," Lamm continued, "if we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good in the pictures I produced."
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
 

  Lamm explained that he became interested in the iconic toy as a subject because of the body-shaming impact it could have on young girls. "It's so iconic and so widely played with that I feel it's overlooked compared to how much criticism skinny models get," he said.
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm



    Barbie at a human scale, Lamm said, would have the following unrealistic measurements: 69 inches tall with a 36-inch bust, an 18-inch waist, 33-inch hips, a 22-inch head circumference, and a 9-inch neck circumference.
    Photo by: Nickolay Lamm
    Please, Mattel: Won't you give it a try? 

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