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Infographic: See How Barbie Stacks Up Against An Average (Real) Woman

Everybody knows that a Barbie doll is an unrealistic depiction of women. An infographic shows just how unrealistic.

Last week, Dove explained that many women tend to have unrealistic self-image issues (in an ad that was promptly parodied.) Now one of the hall of shame contributors to girls’ early assumptions about what is attractive returns—with a fresh injection of data.

Any adult can simply look at a Barbie doll—that bastion of girlhood aspiration—and notice it makes a promise that reality can’t keep. Even the bombshells of the world such as Kate Upton and 1990s Pamela Anderson can’t measure up to Barbie’s body. For years, we’ve seen how warped a life-size Barbie might appear, and even what her too-tiny insides would look like. A new infographic, however, takes everything we know about Barbie’s dimensions and stacks it up next to an average woman’s.

Created by, the infographic reveals precisely how off the mark Barbie is from a real woman, and why it’s far healthier to be the latter. Barbie’s baby ankles and ridiculous midsection couldn’t possibly support that much boobage, so a real live woman would have to crawl around on all fours. Also, while she was down there on the ground, her head would slump to one side like a Japanese horror movie, due to a swanlike neck and enormous skull.

In addition to the infographic, prepared a report on the Epidemic of Body Hatred, which makes clear how such models of unrealistic bodily ideals can foster desperate weight obsession at an early age. In short, today’s Barbie doll owner is tomorrow’s reluctant Dove "Real Beauty" campaign target audience.

[Barbie Image: Flickr user lil’_wiz]

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  • Zack

    In Europe, the girl displayed on the right is in the higher-average portion of our standards ;-)

  • 6 one way half a dozen another

    Barbie is based on a foreign doll called Bild Lili who in turn was based on a one-panel cartoon appearing in the Bild, a newspaper. She is a cartoon character and now appears in animated cartoons. She never was supposed to be an ideal of the female figure, just a toy.

    Get over it.

  • TheMandarin

     Also, only in america are kids fat, kids are supposed to be skinny they have lightning metabolsim.

  • TheMandarin

     I played with Gi Joes, transformers, thundercats when I was a kid, never grew up wanting to be a robot or alien bodybuilder, actually only went to the gym during vacation cause I was bored. I dont know what the problem is with people like the guest below ? dont they have parents telling them a doll is just a doll ?

  • Patricia

    So agree...image comparing people to other dolls and their proportions, Dora, GI Joe, Mrs Beasley,oh yeah, what about the Russian nesting

  • Guest

    We can't just "get over it" when this doll is idealizing the woman body! This leads to girls wanting to be thinner from age 6! And then it leads to anorexia, bulimia, depression, cutting, and also death! So NO, we can't just "GET OVER IT". 

  • SMG

    These are Average US sizes, and let's be honest: American women could stand to lose a few inches from their waist.

  • kjdsaf

    That's not how Darwinism works. His theory was based on natural selection where advanced medical practices and civilization aren't present.

  • mjankowski_XXX

    hell yeah!
    p.s. that girl on the right IS GODDAMN SKINNY for american standards...

  • Limitless

    Do not worry, Darwinian evolution will take care of all traits deemed a barrier to population survival and reproduction.  The mean will decrease, increase or remain unchanged as the population sees fit.