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Thought Bullets
February 1999

The Barbie Fantasy

For decades the BarbieTM doll has been idolized as the American standard of beauty. An aspiring computer technician student scanned a BarbieTM silhouette into a computer. Here is what the student discovered:

If BarbieTM were a real person, she would be 6 feet 9 inches tall, and she would have a 41-inch bust and a 20-inch waist!

Proportions were based on head-to-body ratios and other body proportions. It should be no surprise that most people are dissatisfied with their bodies when the standard we compare ourselves to is so unrealistic.

Some related statistics and thoughts:

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD; updated October 2003

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