How Does Barbie Influence Body Image?

Barbie dolls have been criticized for portraying an unrealistic figure for females. Is this affecting how young girls view themselves? Cristen Conger is here to tell you about the new doll Lammily, and how viewing a more realistic doll could help girls with their self-image.

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The New Barbie: Meet the Doll with an Average Woman's Proportions
"Artist Nickolay Lamm, who shocked the world with his computer renditions of a doll modeled on an actual teenage woman, has decided to bring his creation to life by raising $95,000 through CrowdtiltOpen, a crowdfunding tool, to sell the 'Lammily' doll, which carries the tagline 'Average is beautiful.'"

Lammily: Average is Beautiful

Mattel's Barbie Sales Plummeting While Other Girls Brands Climb
"Vampy teen Monster High dolls are taking a bite out of squeaky-clean Barbie."

Barbie's Lead Designer Defends Barbie's Crazy Proportions
"Barbie's unrealistic proportions are a standard talking point around body image. For the first time, barbie's lead designer fires back."

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"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."

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