Barbie Without Makeup: 3 Reasons Why The Doll Needs To Be More Realistic

Barbie Makeunder
Image "Eddi Aguirre" on Imgur

If you've ever wondered what Barbie would look like au naturale, without her makeup and before doing her hair, then look no more! A photo was posted on Imgur (by a user named Eddi Aguirre) and it shows the doll with frizzy hair, acne, freckles, circles under her eyes, and braces.

In the past, Barbie has come under a lot of fire for being an unrealistic role model for girls. The doll, sporting perfect hair and flawless makeup, has been accused of sending a negative message to young girls around the world.

"It's human nature for people to build up iconic figures and then tear them down," said Fran Walfish, Psy.D., a child and family therapist in Beverly Hills, CA, to Yahoo! Shine. "We idealize public figures because we want something to aspire to but our standards are impossibly high. And when these icons inevitably misstep, we feel disappointed and angry that our hopes have been dashed."

Here are three reasons why giving Barbie a "makeunder" isn't such a bad thing:

1. Barbie is physically unrealistic.

The odds of someone with Barbie's proportions existing (naturally) are slim to none. Skeptical? Consider this: Academics at the University of South Australia, according to BBC, have stated that the odds of a woman having Barbie's body are one in 100,000. What's more, researchers at University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland reveal that even if such a woman existed, she wouldn't have the body fat requirement (17 to 22%) a woman needs to menstruate.

2. Barbie is not proportional.

If Barbie could be blown up from her doll size into a 6-foot tall model, then she would feature a 36-inch chest, an 18-inch waist, and 33-inch hips. She would also have size 3 feet, which-according to Boston Children's Hospital-would make her so out of proportion (and in turn, out of balance) that she would have to walk on all fours. The measurements are simply numbers, so take a look at what Barbie would look like as a human in this creation by Galia Slayen at the Huffington Post.

3. Barbie is anorexic, according to the Body Mass Index (BMI), and promotes it, study says.

If Barbie were to be 5 feet 9 inches tall, then she would way 110 pounds. This would give her a BMI of 16.24 and put her in the anorexic criterion. In fact, according to a study led by Helga Dittmar of Sussex University, Barbie dolls were found to "represent a distorted thin body ideal" which makes girls want to be unrealistically thin.

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Susmita Baral

Susmita Baral joined Latin Times in April 2013. Her work has been published in VICE, Weight Watchers Magazine, Unique Homes Magazine, US Airways Magazine, Vista Magazine, Daily Glow and Kaplan. She holds a B.A. Psychology from Rutgers University. A self-proclaimed foodie, Susmita is a freelance list maker, part-time Shaq devotee, and a full-time eyeliner junkie who believes mac and cheese is a birthright.