Challenging Barbie’s proportions with 3D Printing

What’s so special about a 3D printed Barbie I hear you ask? This isn’t an ordinary Barbie , or is it exactly that? Ordinary…

MAKIE dolls, pretty much, have the consumer 3D printed doll cornered, especially now the PM and Prince Harry have their own ones. But another 3D printed doll has grabbed several headlines this week, a 3D printed Barbie.

Barbie has often been criticised for having proportions that could only be acheived through anorexia and the company, Mattel, are not adverse to a spot of controversy in body issue matters. In 1963, the outfit “Barbie Baby-Sits” came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: “Don’t eat!”

Research artist Nickolay Lamm has decided to restructure Barbie’s traditional, ridiculous proportions and create a “normal” Barbie, he told Personalize, “I’ve read research and opinions suggesting that Barbie may or may not negatively affect young girls’ body image. This means that there’s a chance that Barbie harms young girls. If normal Barbie looks good, why not remove all doubt?”

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