It’s supposedly a big achievement that the Barbie doll body now comes in a curvy or “realistic” version—yet her face remains totally unrealistic.
Come on, how many women’s faces look like Barbie’s? Granted, there are a few YouTube stars who, after painstakingly applying makeup to create optical illusions, can make their faces look like Barbie’s.
But these few cases don’t count, because few women can pull this off even with the best makeup tricks.
Barbie’s Face Is Perfect, Even in the Bigger Body Version
Barbie’s doe eyes are disproportionately large for her face. They are spaced slightly far apart—another attribute of classic beauty.
Her cheekbones are perfect. Her lips are full and pouty, nose delicate and flawless.
How come the body positive influencers aren’t raising awareness about how Barbie should have a “real” face? That is, a face that’s more representative of “real” women? There’s a double standard going on here.
From Mattel’s point of view, Barbie’s face needs to be as pretty and perfect as possible. What young girl wants to play with a doll that has a plain Jane face?
However, this certainly was Mattel’s reasoning all along about Barbie’s body: What girl wants to play with a doll that has a chubby body?
Nevertheless, the “curvy” version of Barbie isn’t exactly chubby. She’s just not super thin. We will never see a chubby, let alone fat, Barbie.
And what’s also interesting is that nobody seems to be complaining about the size of Barbie’s feet, relative to her height – in either the standard version or the curvy version. Why are her feet so ridiculously small?
Maybe the body positive influencers will one day complain about how there should be Barbie dolls with real faces.
Though there are now Barbies of varying heights, skin colors and hair textures, their faces still fit the template of the golden ratio: beauty based on a mathematical proportion of 1:1.618, also known as phi.
Every Barbie’s face appears to be created out of the same template, with minor variations to denote race.
Body positive influencers leave out the face when campaigning for body acceptance.
That’s why we don’t hear about body positive promoters insisting that plus-size models have “real” faces that are representative of the average woman’s face.
And the average woman’s face does NOT look like a model’s. One look at plus-size model Ashley Graham’s face and you KNOW it’s a good fit (though maybe not 100 percent) for the golden ratio template, complete with full pouty lips.