Define “normal”

3 Jul

The ever controversial Barbie doll has made the news again. Illustrator Nickolay Lamm, inspired by fellow activist Michael Koschitzki (who has argued that “a real woman with Barbie’s figure would be anorexic, wouldn’t be able to walk, and would never get her period”), has created a “normal woman” Barbie. He took Barbie’s “18” waist, 33″ hips and… 36″ bust” and used CDC measurements to recast Barbie with a “typical 19-year-old girl’s 31″ waist, 33″ hips and a 32″ bust” (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/02/barbie-as-a-normal-woman_n_3534934.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular).

Et voila… Barbie!

BARBIE-570

Two comments:

  • Barbie v2.0 looks good! Healthy and strong.
  • If we’re shooting for “normal,” then along with Barbie’s new measurements, she’d also be Asian, right? Given that Asians make up over 4 billion of the earth’s 7 billion population? (http://www.census.gov/popclock/) Lamm’s work is a great opportunity to reconsider all that we mean when we talk about what’s “normal.”

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