A plus size Barbie debate has people weighing in on what they think about updating the classic Mattel doll to a more average body image. FOX4 News in Kansas City reports Dec. 27 that Plus-Size Modeling posted an image on their Facebook page where people can express their thoughts about an image created in 2011 by an artist who won a contest with it. It is just now receiving national attention.
One of the questions posed on the plus size Barbie debate is why not have the doll be larger to signify what today's women look more like if there are plus size women modeling clothes? As of this writing, the controversial Barbie image has over 40,000 comments. Many are not too pleased plus size automatically equates to having a double-chin or appearing "obese." Others have argued that there is a difference between being fat and being healthy. Others worry that it sends the wrong message to young girls that it is okay to be overweight when it is actually intended to help their self-esteem.
There seems to be no in between with body image types in the media...it is either skinny or overweight. There are variations of what "average" means. The plus size Barbie discussion is definitely stirring up a multitude of opinions on the matter.
What is your take on the plus size Barbie? Would you like to see the doll reflect more of today's women?