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Artist creates barbie with average-size body...What do you think about it?

There has always been controversy about Barbie and the message her perfect body sends to young girls. An artist decided to make a point to Mattel that an "average Barbie" is still very pretty, so he created a 3-D doll with the dimensions of an average 19-year-old girl.

I personally think the doll he created looks great! What do you all think of this true-to-size doll? Do you think the current Barbie sends girls the wrong message?

Here is a picture of the two Barbies side by side:

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I think the one he created is nice but maybe still a little on the lean side.
I have a granddaughter in the 9 th grade this year so i spend time at schools and most of the girls are bigger.
Not that they are overweight but just not at all thin.
I would take the one he made over the original

Before seeing the new Barbie, I thought I would have been all for it. But I don't like the new Barbie. She's short, has a huge rear end and has big pigeon-toed feet. I know that sounds terrible but that's my immediate reaction. I don't know that the old Barbies really influenced the way girls feel about themselves anyway, it's their peers and movies/tv that influence more. Dolls are for fun. Let the kids have something pretty and fun.

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