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If Barbie had the measurements of a real woman

By now, we all know that Barbie’s figure is impossible to achieve in real life, so Pennsylvania-based artist Nikolay Lamm decided to show us what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of a real woman. Lamm made a 3D model using the measurements of an average 19-year-old, and photographed it next to an actual Barbie Doll. Interestingly, Lamm’s doll looks more natural than Barbie herself. Which begs the question: why can’t Mattel manufacture one?

UPDATE: Here’s a teaser from our exclusive interview with the artist/Barbie activist himself, Nickolay Lamm. Check it out!

Why did you decide to create a realistic Barbie doll?

I wanted to show that average is beautiful.

How long did it take you to pull off the concept, and what was the hardest part in the process?

It took me 3 months to create. The hardest part was making the 3D printed model.

Seeing as how this project got significant media coverage, do you think the public’s perception of a woman’s ‘perfect figure’ has changed?

I hope so! I can’t gauge exactly how perception is changed. But what’s more important is not how the general public feel about the woman’s perfect figure but what women feel about it.

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Rebekah is a graphic design student living in South Carolina obsessed with all things design, technology, and J. Crew. When she’s not frantically working on projects for class, you can usually find her drinking large amounts of coffee with her laptop close beside.