In Barbie’s world everything seems perfect. Well, it was until people started suggesting a plus size barbie. The debate has blossomed into the message it sends to the kids and how it might impact our society in today’s world. On Sunday, the typical waistline of a proportionally correct Barbie was reported by Web Pro News to be 16 inches compared to 37.5 inches, the waist size for the average American woman. So how does that convert to clothing?
Looking at the charts on clothing measurements it seems that the average women's size is 14. Of course, the measurements of the woman might be slightly adjusted for age or height. It does reflect on how much different the typical woman might look in real life compared to what is idolized by those individuals who pick up a Barbie doll and see a size zero.
The fashion industry has to be considering how Barbie might look if she was bigger too. With curves and canklets, there would be a big emphasis on making the body type look beautiful while still offering women confidence. Even the Barbie doll would need to be refashioned to showcase the doll appropriately. Sunday's Motley Fool considered the economic benefits of rebooting Barbie. The conclusion seemed to be that Barbie hasn't kept up with the times; although the author didn't seem to know that Barbie is available as an astronaut, doctor, professional skier, and other professional career choices. Barbie has been available as many actresses over the years and mirrored some of the greats: Cher, Farrah Fawcett, and Audrey Hepburn.
The Plus Size Modeling page that instigated the question of how Barbie should look in the future has individuals debating on what they want their children to play with at home. While Mattel probably has no interest in changing the thin doll, people definitely want to weigh in on how Barbie might look and what clothes she wold wear if she was thicker in all the right places.