Recently, Plus-Size-Modeling.com posted an illustration on Facebook of a plus-size Barbie-like doll:
The depiction of a Barbie with a double-chin and curvier limbs sparked debate. Over 35,000 people have “liked” it, but many have taken issue with the doll’s so-called extreme size. Huffington post reported a few of the responses: “No one is naturally fat for gods sake, that’s sending the message to girls that it’s ok to look like this and be unhealthy…” said one commenter. Another noted, “Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller,but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl,but come on this is ridiculous.”
What do you think? Is showing a Barbie that deviates from western beauty standards a good thing, since these standards are distorted and can lead to unhealthy lifestyles and depression? Or is Plus Size Barbie a step too far and a reflection of the obesity epidemic in the US?
What is certain is that neither images represent the average way young women look like – which is more like this (on the left):