Over the years Barbie have been the jack of all trades and has yet to be plus sized. Now she …well he has done a 360. A design team, The Blonds with Mattel has created the “ Glamorous ” Barbie that most have coined "the Drag Queen" Barbie. The look of the new Barbie is inspired by the creator who is a actual cross dresser. But yet plus-sized super stars like Adele and Queen Latifah (who has a contract with Covergirl) have yet to be asked to design their own Barbie. Barbie have had multiple jobs and been multiple races but yet she hasn't been plus size nor have had any plus size "friends". In this day-in-age, with body image being the target of alot of things, you would think that the fine people at Mattel would have at least made one full figured barbie. She can be a doctor, a lawyer, even tattooed but why not full figured?
I want my daughter, our daughters, and future daughters to play with a more realistic role model. When today's average size woman being a size 12 Barbie is grossly outdated.
Barbie in real life would stand 5 feet 9 inches have the estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips) and would probably weigh around 110 pounds. That is a BMI of 16.2?! The original Barbie is alot smaller then the ones on the shelves today. In 1997 the body mold was redesigned giving Barbie a wider waist,would make the doll better suited to contemporary fashion designs. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate In 1963, the outfit “Barbie Baby-Sits” came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: “Don’t eat!.”The same book was included in another ensemble called “Slumber Party” in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs., which would be around 35 lbs. underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall. Mattel has been known to sat that the waist of the Barbie doll was made small because the waistbands of her clothes, along with their seams, snaps, and zippers, added bulk to her figure.
For heaven sakes Nicki Minaj got a Barbie but plus size girls can't even be one of Barbie's friends?? Mattel, it's a CURVY world now! Its time that your products reflect what real women look like.