Sunday, March 10, 2013

Oh Barbie! You haven't gained a 54 years!

Susan's Mini Homes blog  has sent me back to childhood memories. She pointed out today is Barbie's Birthday, she is 54.

Barbie's scale set at 110 lbs.

images from wikipedia

Barbies diet book titled "DON'T EAT!"

Barbie sought to enlarge it's market in 1997 and caused a furor over it's name.

Contemporary size adjustments to the Mattel Barbie doll.

This is the German Bild doll "Lilli" Ruth Handler's daughter Barbara liked to play with and she modeled her Barbie doll after her.

If Barbie were a real person this is what she would look like. 
But we cannot lay all of "body dismorphia" at Barbie's tiny feet
It took a lot of brave women to reject the corsette. Remember fainting couches? That is because the womens lungs could not fully fill with oxygen if they exerted them selves in any way. 
Breathe deeply and be glad you are a woman in this century. Have your cake and eat it too. C
Update: 4/6/14
Go here
to see the new Lammily version.
or to order one:

Getting there! CM


  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing this! xo Jennifer

  2. Barbie and I like cake, and oreos. Her waist never changes, but mine sure has. Never mind. I still lover her.

  3. That life size Barbie is going to give me nightmares. 110 pounds is considered heavy for many models, unless they are close to 6 feet. I watch old movies and I marvel at Betty Grable, Celeste Holmes, and others who look so healthy and yet they would be considered "plus size" and fat today. Oh well, at least little girls today know they can be anything they want to be, that's a definite change for the better! Great post CM!

  4. Ha ha Shale, who has had more boyfriends? You or Barbie... Hands down you! She only has Ken. CM

  5. Thanks Neen, you know what they say, "One day you are supposed to be Marilyn Monroe, the next day you are required to be Twiggy". CM

  6. Thank you very much for your comment, it's an interesting post, but I prefer "curvy" women to a fishing rod. hugs