What would Barbie’s proportions look like on a real body?

An Australian blog has posted a photo on Twitter of a real woman marked up with Barbie’s proportions. (See a screen shot above. You can click the image to go to their site and the photo larger.)

From The Huffington Post:

“The woman in the photograph is model Katie Halchishick, co-founder of Healthy Is The New Skinny, an organization dedicated to “revolutionizing how we think about, talk about, live in and love our bodies.”

“This is hardly the first time that someone has pointed out how unrealistic a Barbie doll’s proportions are, but it’s still interesting to see the proportions drawn out onto an actual body. Some initial observations:
– Oddly pointy chin.
– A chest about half the width of her chest.
– Giant eyes!
– A neck that seems unlikely to be able to support her head.”

What do you think of the photos? Would you show it to your daughter or son to talk about body image?

49 comments Add your comment

Augusta

August 8th, 2012
12:51 pm

Really Theresa?

jarvis

August 8th, 2012
1:28 pm

She also has no nipples, body hair or any genatalia. Clearly she’s a toy and not meant to be taken as a true model of the human body.

My son’s Transformers aren’t built to scale either. Somehow his Bumblebee Camaro is slightly bigger than his Starscream which is a F22-Raptor, yet no one writes about how unrealistic the proportions of the toys are.

Techmom

August 8th, 2012
1:30 pm

No offense TWG but you pull an awful lot of stuff from Huffington Post… doesn’t the AJC/Cox Media get annoyed by that?

What does “A chest about half the width of her chest.” mean?

mystery poster

August 8th, 2012
1:32 pm

Could she have meant “a waist about half the size of her chest?”

Augusta

August 8th, 2012
1:57 pm

When my youngest was 6, we had to put her into major therapy. She simply could NOT understand WHY she didn’t have the perfect body like the TOY she was playing with. The big boobs, tiny waste, long shapely legs, and let’s not forget the perfect long blonde hair. Not to mention that she couldn’t understand how Barbie could come in so many colors and she couldn’t….Oh she was devastated….it was horrible..the crys the moans, the digust with herself and her little 6 year old body…….oh the horrors.

Her brother, while playing Transformers, simply could not figure out why he couldn’t turn himself into a car, like the TOY he was playing with, and shoot bullets out of his exhaust pipe.

And don’t get me started with the oldest and Legos……that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

Voice of Reason

August 8th, 2012
2:00 pm

If YOU were surgically forced to walk around every single day on your tip-toes, no matter what kind of footwear you may have on at the time, you would have the perfect breasts, waist, and rear-end too.

Jeez….

missnadine

August 8th, 2012
2:00 pm

What a stupid post. The whole “Barbie vs real body” has been going on for decades, and there is NOBODY in the world who would even think that Barbie has a normal body. I agree with Techmom. All you do is cut and paste articles, mostly from HuffPo.

Scotty

August 8th, 2012
2:01 pm

I don’t understand why people get so upset about Barbie’s proportions. A Barbie is a doll, a plastic toy and not meant to be taken seriously as a standard of beauty or of what a body should look like. Perhaps it is because I’m a man, but I don’t understand how someone could look at a toy and thing, “Hey! I need to look like that and if I don’t I’m going to hate myself.”

Augusta

August 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

Amen Scotty!!

Voice of Reason

August 8th, 2012
2:22 pm

I would also like to add that Lego figures have been setting unrealistic expectations for me my whole life…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 8th, 2012
2:32 pm

Let’s look at the last 10 that are posted on the side — 7 are completely original not based on any other articles — even though jumping off other articles is a big part of blogging. 3 based off other stories. 1 from Huffington Post.

Yes the Barbie criticism has gone on a long time but I thought the image was interesting. Kids see things and think that’s how it looks. Boys who look at Playboys may think ladies boobs are supposed to look like that and they don’t. Sometimes they realize that and sometimes they don’t. “17″ magazine editors vowing not to use Photoshop so little girls don’t think they are supposed to look like Photoshopped models. Reasonable discussion of body image.

Mike

August 8th, 2012
2:36 pm

Because you are dealing with morons Scotty !!!

FCM

August 8th, 2012
2:42 pm

I read somewhere that if Barbie were real she wouldn’t walk on her toes. She wouldn’t walk at all because she is too top heavy.

If your child is looking to Barbie for what she should look like, you have bigger issues.

Now if I could just get the vette, yacht, and wardrobe of Barbie!

Techmom

August 8th, 2012
2:46 pm

So “17″ has agreed not to Photoshop… I just Googled and found out that it began as a project by a teenage girl who started an online petition. What I actually find interesting is that teens are taking issues that are important to them and using social media to help make change.

By the way, they only agreed to 1 un-altered spread per issue. So not exactly media-shattering but still, good for the 14-year old for getting noticed by a giant publication.

So, just what is the point of this question...

August 8th, 2012
3:07 pm

…I have seen plenty of “real” women who have Barbie bodies – some were blessed with the genes that gave them that shape, while others “purchased” parts of their current physique – all looked really good, so, again I ask, just what is the point of the question?

Peachy

August 8th, 2012
3:13 pm

@TWG – “Playboys may think ladies boobs are supposed to look like that and they don’t.” Umm…those are real women and their boobs do look like that. Not all women’s bodies look like that, but some do.

What about the fact that Cabbage Patch Kids don’t look like real babies? This is so silly!

GI Joe

August 8th, 2012
3:28 pm

Now THAT’S some sweet stuff. How do I get her number?
Puh-leeeze tell her that I have Kung Fu Grip and a VERY private toy chest.
Grrrrrrrrrrrr….MAMA! WhooooWeeeeee!

shaggy

August 8th, 2012
3:34 pm

Yes, I am back.
“Boys who look at Playboys may think ladies boobs are supposed to look like that and they don’t”

Ummmmm Theresa, boys now-a-days don’t waste their time on Playboy. They go right to the internet porn and watch waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more “informative” media than Playboy.
Ask Walsh…of course he will go the plausible deniability route, but he knows…he knows.

He Man

August 8th, 2012
3:36 pm

Like kids would WANT to play with a supermodel doll who is fat with no breasts.

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:03 pm

I’m with you TWG, except I don’t think you take it far enough!

Why even limit it to toys that have such deep psychological trauma on our kids. Personally I think that every Olympic athlete (well, maybe not some of the women water polo players and virtually all the weightlifting and shotput contestants of either gender) should be ASHAMED of the unrealistic expectations they are putting on a generation of children, adolescents, and adults who like to sit on the couch and watch TV and eat potato chips. I mean, I agree with TWG that FICTIONAL characters just like GI JOE, Christian Gray, and Lara Croft is a great start as to why our kids may have body image issues.

I mean, afterall, to suggest it’s not the fault of the manufacturers of these toys would just leave parents on the hook for providing a responsible and nurturing environment to avoid those issues. And parent accountability is just CRAZY TALK.

So KUDOS to you TWG, except I say you should really get DARING now and focus on the real culprits here. Let’s go after the real folks who are so surreptitiously ingraining us with self loathing….professional athletes like the Olympians have NO RIGHT to cut me so deep by exercising and training for 10 – 12 hours a day to acheive perfect physiques that would even make toys like Barbie, and Buzz Lightyear, and Woody would be envious of (if they actually had thoughts, which they don’t, because they’re not real). I just don’t have 10-12 hours a day to train, so what jerks they are for being able to and giving me an unrealistic idea of what I could look like if I did.

FIGHT THE POWER!!!!

catlady

August 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

I was about to comment that no woman built like Barbie would be able to walk due to her thin legs, large chest, and tiny, toe-standing feet, but someone else beat me to it. However, like other make-believe, I don’t think Barbie scarred me as a girl.

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

Oh..and one more comment….

“Boys who look at Playboys may think ladies boobs are supposed to look like that and they don’t”

Guess what…if they exist…they’re real.

Spartacus

August 8th, 2012
4:07 pm

What would it look like???

…..freaking awesome!!!!

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:12 pm

@Voice of Reason and Augusta…you think you had problems with Legos?!?….when I was 11 and really getting into girls and what I thought would make me attractive, I pleaded with my parents for an erector set for Xmas. I thought my parents were the COOLEST ever for actually going along with that. They just couldn’t understand my deep disappointment when I unwrapped it and realized what it actually was.

FCM

August 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

@ Tiger on your reality check…..I LUV YA MAN!

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

“Let’s look at the last 10 that are posted on the side…7 are completely original….3 based off other stories… 1 from Huffington Post.”

What’s wrong with this sentence? Anyone? Bueller? Any math majors (or accountants) out there?

First one with the answer gets a prize!!!

oneofeach4me

August 8th, 2012
4:29 pm

Jarvis, VOR, and Shaggy have me cracking up today (and boy did I need to laugh)! To the point though.. seriously, most little girls that age don’t even THINK about that when they are playing with the doll. We need to be more concerned with the Photoshopping of models in magazines that our teenage girls look at rather than the barbie. Oh, and music videos… man oh man… those channels are LOCKED!!!

oneofeach4me

August 8th, 2012
4:30 pm

@Tiger ~ Well she said 10, but mentions 11, unless she was saying that one of the three based on other stories was from HP

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

oneofeach4me! WELL DONE…..You have been awarded the honor of “FACT CHECKER GURU OF THE DAY” by AJC. Remember…with great power comes great responsibility!!!!

Tiger Ochocinco Dos

August 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

maybe this is from the George Bush Fuzzy math school of thought…you know, something along the lines of

“I have 3 kids……..2 boys and 2 girls”

oneofeach4me

August 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

Thank you… thank ya bery much… ;-)

FCM

August 8th, 2012
5:06 pm

Am I the only one who finds the Huffington Post to be only 1 step better than TMZ?

So what do you call a hunk of cheese that does not belong to you?

August 8th, 2012
5:08 pm

…wait for it – Nacho cheese…

And, welcome back Tiger – or are you really Tiger “Dos”?

Tiger Ochocinco Cougar Mellencamp Johnson

August 8th, 2012
5:24 pm

it’s the real me! Still tinkering with the name. ;-)

shaggy

August 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

“Huffing” on a “Post” is a better way to describe that completely useless rag.

GT2

August 8th, 2012
5:53 pm

I married a gal with proportions similar to Barbie. Sadly, we divorced 18 months later.

jarvis

August 8th, 2012
7:28 pm

TWG, I don’t always agree with you, but you’ll never hear me complain about the topic.
Brainstorming a few hundred topics of conversaton per year seems pretty rough to me.

By the way, are Australian Barbie’s more anatomically correct? I notice that they drew nipples on the lady above….Barbie has none here.

I don't get it

August 8th, 2012
7:35 pm

My last response, far less acerbic than what is here, gets me banned.

Lady, you need to give up on this blog for several reasons.

You’re so damn uptight. Your views and perspectives need to be dealt with in therapy.

You’re thin skinned. Your response above and banning me illustrate that. ANYTIME you post something on the internet for the world to see, expect some contrary opinions. Further, if you consider yourself a professional journalist, you damn better do a better job with your discourse.

Your subjects for the most part are frivolous, absurd, inane, and unoriginal.

Just stop blogging, find a full time job and therapy. You owe it to your family.

Will

August 8th, 2012
8:20 pm

Wow – Katie’s fat

missnadine

August 8th, 2012
8:30 pm

I agree with @I don’t get it. You so often have posts about women and body image. You know what? Some women have nice bodies without implants. Just because you have preferred to make excuses for yourself, doesn’t mean everyone else has. Only a total idiot would have body issues over a Barbie. If it were up to you, you would probably force Mattel to make “real” women Barbies that looked like you. Give it a rest.

Sk8ing Momma

August 8th, 2012
9:27 pm

IMO, body image is not an issue until someone *makes* it an issue. It’s a non-issue in my house. We’re about being healthy and fit. We don’t focus on body images in media.

Btw, I was a huge Barbie fan as a child in the 1970s. I’d play with Barbie for hours! My Barbies had lives ~ careers, vacations, friends, family and adventures. It brings back fond memories of wildly creative and imaginative play. I can honestly say that I never once thought about Barbie’s body. Likewise, never did I once think I wanted to look like her. It just never crossed my mind to look like a toy.

Sam

August 8th, 2012
9:48 pm

Why don’t those idiots at the Huffington Post find something useful to do with their time.

Observer

August 8th, 2012
11:42 pm

No Barbie neurosis here. My daughters cut the hair off their barbies, threw them to bottom of toy pile, drew on them with sharpies (i am such a bad mother for allowing a sharpie) fought them w/brother’s GI Joe’s. They survived such play without grief counselors.Only becomes an issue when parents over analyze and contribute to such insanity. It is a doll and playtime! I’d be more concerned if my adult daughters relied on HuffPost for their “news.”

GI Joe

August 9th, 2012
7:09 am

I am heartbroken.
Barbie wasn’t impressed with my Kung Fu grip or my rocket launcher…everybody loves my rocket launcher.
I was going to pick her up in my ultra cool Cobra Jeep, with the rims, and there she was with this wimpy guy, that dressed in stupid looking beach wear and riding in a sports car. She said his name was Ken and reached over, giving him a tongue lashing that I am pretty sure reached his tonsils..
She said that while my Kung Fu grip was pretty cool, Ken was anatomically correct, and “gifted”, whatever that means.
I left that scene quick and am now on my way to fight tyranny, wherever I find it, and stamp out various bad guys that hate America. They will get the business end of my rocket launcher, and I hope one of them is named Ken.

FCM

August 9th, 2012
9:18 am

I don’t have a problem with her using news items or magazine articles to get her topics at all.

I do not always agree with how TWG thinks or feels on the issue. And she doesn’t always agree with me. However that does not mean either of us personally attacks the other. Why can those of you telling her she needs help, needs a new job etc just be civil in your dissention?

homeschooler

August 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

Thank you FCM! I can’t believe this, mild topic got brought out such hostility. I kept reading the comments and hearing my mom say “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at al!”

FCM

August 9th, 2012
2:25 pm

@ homeschooler…appreciate the support.

I still pretty much agree with shaggy that Huffington Post is more like Huffing” on a “Post”. I was the one who asked about it being one step better than TMZ.

But if TWG wants to site them she can…the more she relies on them the less likely I am to agree with her, it is true. But I have emailed with her before find her to be a nice person, just doing the best she can to be there for her kids (and she knows that I think she gets overly worried sometimes). Still, I don’t ask for more than that of a mom. To me, at least on this the blog, she is a mom first and journalist second.

Denise

August 9th, 2012
3:14 pm

The negativity is amazing and appalling. Don’t like the topic, don’t read or post. Easy.

As for the “impact” of Barbie on body image….I was never affected by it but my friend growing up could not play with Barbie until she was 12 (when she no longer wanted to play with dolls) because Barbie was shaped like a woman, not a little girl, like we were. I thought it was stupid then but I also didn’t understand that some people actually might look at a doll and think they should look like that. There are actually some neurotic women who get plastic surgery over and over so they can look like Barbie, rapper Lil Kim to be specific. She said her goal was to be the Black Barbie. She went from a very pretty girl to a hot and flaming mess, chasing the Barbie “dream”. And where do you supposed some people in the adult industry got the idea for what their bodies should look like? But whatever. I’m sure this will get flamed because Lil Kim is a rapper, therefore, is trash, so this example is not valid. But it cannot be said that there are not women who get plastic surgery trying to look like Barbie or the “ideal” that Barbie has created.

Marissa

August 11th, 2012
4:33 am

I have noticed not one of you have ever mentioned that you have had a serious eating disorder i am a 15 year old girl that spent 4 years with anorexia it changed my life and yes the common media image does affect what young girl looks up to ; brats, barbie, polly pocket . They are all the same and saying they dont matter is irrelivant when as a modern day teenager i understand what matters