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Friday, October 19, 2012

Barbie as you've never seen her before: Anatomical sculpture reveals how doll's distorted proportions would look on the inside

By KERRY MCQUEENEY

It's what's inside that counts: Barbie's unrealistic vital statistics are revealed as squashed innards in the sculpture

From one side, she looks just like the doll she was modelled on: long flowing blonde hair, a tiny waist and generous bust with long and slender legs.
However, if viewed from another angle, Barbie is seen in a whole new light - and probably a more realistic one were she to exist in the real world.
Artist Jason Freeny has given Barbie a unique makeover - and it's sure to make you think again about the doll's unrealistic vital statistics.

Distorted: Barbie's innards and organs are shown squashed - depicting the effect her proportions might have on the inside of her body

Barbie's innards and organs are shown squashed and distorted - depicting the effect her warped proportions might have on the inside of her body.
The world's most famous doll has long been the target of criticism from feminists and other women's groups who say it promotes an unhealthy idea of body image in girls. While Barbie's vital statistics have never officially been revealed, they have been estimated at being the human equivalent of 5ft 9in, a 36-inch bust with an 18-inch waist and 33-inch hips.
It has been estimated that, if she were to exist as a human, Barbie would weigh about 110lbs - or 7 stones, 8lbs - and would have a BMI of 16.24. This would fit the weight criteria for anorexia.

Innocence clashing with maturity: The artist blends his experience as a toy designer and as a digital illustrator

It has been feared that girls attempting to emulate Barbie's proportions could be at risk of developing eating disorders.
The New York-based designer said he chose the doll because of her unusual proportions.
He said: 'I like to see the skeletal system and organs of the body when the features are distorted.'
Jason has also turned his attentions to other iconic toys and given them the dissection treatment, such as models of Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse.

source: dailymail



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