Does Barbie Make Girls Want to Be Thin? The Effect of Experimental Exposure to Images of Dolls on the Body Image of 5- to 8-Year-Old Girls
"Barbie is the cultural icon of female beauty that provides an 'aspirational role model' for young girls, and 99% of 3- to 10-year-olds in the United States own at least one Barbie doll."
Body-size stigmatization by preschool girls: In a doll's world, it is good to be a "Barbie"
"A number of studies have measured body size stigmatization, that is, the assigning of negative characteristics to individuals who are considered fat, in samples of children as young as preschool-age."
Barbie Lead Designer Blames Moms, Not Doll's Crazy Proportions, for Girls' Body Issues
"The battle over whether Barbie is bad for girls self-image got heated on Monday, Fast Company published an interview with a lead Mattel designer who led a vigorous defense of Barbie's impossible and much-maligned proportions."