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Should We Create Plus-Sized Barbies?

Should we make a plus-sized Barbie?

Since she first launched back in 1959, Barbie has been a clear front-runner in the holiday toy rat-race, and a classic staple in most girls' playrooms all year long. She has gone everywhere from Paris to outer space and dabbled in careers ranging from teaching to engineering–all while maintaining her svelte, leggy, and perfectly-toned physique.

It's no secret that Barbie's actual measurements would add up to one impossibly thin (and bug-eyed) real-life person, who couldn't really ever exist. But this holiday season, one company is questioning why we're holding on to such an unrealistic body ideal for her at all. After all, the average American woman is around a size 14 these days. Should Barbie follow suit? There are some who sure seem to think so.

On December 18, Plus-Size-Modeling.com posted an image of Barbie to their Facebook fan page, standing alongside a much heavier version of herself, with a simple question: Should toy companies start making Plus-Sized Barbie dolls?

In the days since the post was published, it's sparked a Facebook debate among thousands. In fact, it's nabbed over 38,000 likes, 3,900 comments, and just over 2,000 shares.

The image of "Plus-Sized Barbie", with her heavier middle, fuller thighs, and double chin, was actually made back in 2011, when an artist by the name of bakalia won a contest on Worth1000.com called "Feeding Time 9." But in a matter of days, the image has nonetheless sparked a new debate over America's favorite doll, and just what we think she should look like–and what message that sends to our girls.

While there were thousands who "liked" the photo, most of the comments were negative. "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..." wrote one commenter. Another wrote: "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."

And yet another commenter called out why we would go from one extreme to the next, when maybe what we need is a Barbie who lies somethwhere in between the two. "Wish there was an 'average' Barbie," wrote the commenter. "Not skinny, not obese. Normal proportions."

We second that.

What do you think of Plus-Sized Barbie? Great idea, or a bad example for girls?

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