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Plus-Size Modeling Website Calls for a Thicker Barbie Doll and Sparks a Debate

Left: Plus Size Modeling’s Facebook | Right: Amazon

In recent years, the image of the Barbie doll has been one mired in controversy; setting unrealistic expectations for women. One website is calling for a larger, plus-size Barbie, which is causing an uproar from the other side of this argument.

The modeling website is calling for Barbie doll maker Mattel to create what they call a more realistic plus-size Barbie. The heated debate was sparked by a Facebook post that has generated thousands of comments, likes, and shares. The post included this image, offering an example of a plus-size Barbie doll.

Some of the comments said a curvier Barbie would be a bad example for girls. Among those comments, one person offered the following:

Portraying Barbie as a realistic woman with real curves is a very good idea and would send the right message to young girls about self-esteem,” another comment said. “Making a morbidly obese Barbie is BAD!!

Other commenters sided with the sentiment of the website, saying things like

Sure, but Barbie doesn’t need a double chin. You can be ‘plus size’ w/o the double chin. They could make a ‘thick’ Barbie.


We asked what you thought about the issue on our Facebook page, and here’s the responses we got. What do you think? Is a curvier Barbie good for the self-image of girls and young women, or is it an unhealthy example?

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