Artist Nickolay Lamm Recreates Barbie With Realistic Proportions
After questioning the unrealistic proportions of the Barbie, artist Nickolay Lamm set out to create a doll that reflected the image of a real woman.
Lamm first created a 3-D model and later used Photoshop to produce Barbie’s color and packaging.
The new Barbie’s waist is 33 inches wide, compared with the original’s 18-inch waist. Her neck is twice as wide and her legs are shorter, all of which reflect the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman.
“I’m pretty pleased with how the normal model looks,” Lamm said, “and was personally surprised by how well she turned out.”
The title of his piece is “Normal”.
Lamm, who originally created the piece because of his concern over Barbie's negative impact on young girls, questioned why Mattel had yet to make an average Barbie.
“If Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America,” Lamm said, “what's stopping Mattel from making one?"
This is not the first time Barbie’s shape has been questioned.
In 2007, Hamilton College student Galia Slayen created a life-sized Barbie doll with the same proportions as a normal doll. She stood at six feet tall with an 18-inch waist and double zero sized skirt.