Barbie is proven to be unrealistic
If you were a young girl that grew up before the new millennium came around, chances are you owned a Barbie doll (or twenty.) The first Barbie was put on shelves in 1959 and became the ideal image for all young girls and women. Nowadays, two Barbie dolls are sold every second in the world. As impressive as that statistic may seem, Barbie’s days of popularity may be numbered. Today’s standards of beauty no longer align with Barbie’s image and sales are falling fast.
The young ladies at Girls Rock Math Camp in Seattle, Washington used their talents and found that Barbie’s large head and bust, along with her tiny waist and neck, make her mathematically uneven.
Well this makes me feel a little bit better…
We all know that it’s physically impossible to look like Barbie (at least not without plastic surgery), but this fact might not be so apparent with young girls. Camp director Jessica Christianson said she got the idea to have her campers learn about Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions when she overheard them body-shaming their own drawings of women.
“What I would hear as the girls were working on their designs was that the girls they were drawing ‘looked too fat, looked too short, looked too tall, too skinny,'” Christianson said. “And that would sort of trickle into their conversations about themselves.”
On All Fours
If Barbie were an actual woman, she would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe! With her oversized noggin, the campers found that not only would Barbie not be able to hold her head up in real life, she would have to walk on all fours.
In 1965, Mattel, Barbie’s manufacturer, came out with a “Slumber Party Barbie,” warping the body expectations of girls even further. It came with bathroom scale that was permanently set to 110 pounds and a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside stating simply “Don’t eat.”