Much blame has been laid squarely at her tiny, tippy-toed feet. Women obsessively punish themselves for failing to match her perfect figure and face.
Others are hellbent on a never-say-die attempt to get their waistline dieted down to hers, have their noses shaved to resemble her dainty little snub and their boobs and lips pumped to her proportions.
Since we were but kids, she has been corrupting our minds and contorting our body image ideal.
Barbie has a lot to answer for. And she’s just a doll. An old one at that; she’s been Mattel’s best seller since 1959. And boy, has she taken heat over the years for being too tall, too busty, too small-waisted... Too impossibly beautiful.
Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created ‘normal-sized’ Barbie to find out just how unrealistic the original actually is.
He’s based Ms Normal on the 32-31-33 vital statistics of the average 19-year-old woman. Original Barbie’s measurements are 36-18-33, by the way. The contrast is startling. Mark Two is shorter and so are her legs, which are heavier and end in a proper bottom. Her torso is wider and doesn’t have that handspan waist. Her face is a bit fuller and less,,, err, plastic. In short, she looks a bit like Britney Spears, pre-meltdown.
The artist, who seems to have a bit of an obsession himself, having last year photoshopped Barbie’s face to reveal what she would look like with no make-up on, thinks Mattel should move with the times, heed the ‘plastic fantastic’s too drastic’ critics and make all new Barbies in her mould.
Would she sell, though, that’s the question. For the answer, look to Sindy, the doll-next-door who was always in Barbie’s shadow - and ended up at the bottom of every girl’s toybox.