Over the course of her 52 year reign we’ve seen Barbie do it all. She’s been a doctor, model, pilot and mother. She’s been African American, Hispanic, and Asian, worn the latest designers, gone hip hop and most recently she’s sported tattoos. However, one thing we haven’t seen from this plastic do it all diva is a plus size Barbie. Barbie dolls are known for having unrealistically tiny waists, huge boobs and heels that never touch the ground, but considering Barbie often reflects the world around us wouldn’t one think there would be a plus sized version of the doll? Could they, do they exist? Sure do.

According to The Huffington Post, Daily Venus Diva magazine did a little digging and found that a few curvy Barbie dolls do exist. The article states:

“Turning up in Daily Venus Diva’s search was an Effie from “Dreamgirls” doll, whose memorable curves are clad in a glam brown gown; a Rosie O’Donnell Barbie, who wears the sort of baggy blazer the real-life TV host sports; and The Emme Doll, made to resemble plus-size model Emme Aronson. Then there’s the curious “Ciotka Kena” Barbie, which in Polish means’ “Ken’s Aunt.” Apparently in Poland, Ken has an aunt with voluminous blonde hair and a white lace teddy — and real-woman curves.”

The article also raises a valid question, with more than half of the adults and children in this country falling into the obese category, doe we really need a plus size Barbie? Would creating a plus size Barbie promote obesity? A plus sized doll couldn’t possibly do any more to promote unhealthy body images than the current Barbie and its clearly unrealistic measurements, or could it?

Does the world really need a plus sized Barbie? Do you think it would promote unhealthy body images? Would you buy one?

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  • I’m a little sick of the “plus size = obesity encouragement” meme here.

    • AntiHeartDisease

      Heart disease is the number one killer in America. You should love yourself no matter your size, but you should be aware that there is nothing healthy about being “plus size.” We are an overindulgent society with a raging “fat” epidemic. It’s not cute. I don’t condone anorexic images of beauty, but telling our daughters that fat is okay is wrong. Mattel needs to find some sort of balance.

    • Norah

      Comment directed at AntiHeartDisease:
      Plus size ≠ overweight
      It’s ignorant to say, “There is nothing healthy about being plus size,” and you saying that, is exactly the reason people are vouching for companies producing dolls that actually look like real women.
      In case you aren’t aware, in the United States, plus size is a size 12 and larger. By you saying what you’ve said, you’re telling women of 6’+ height, that being plus size in unhealthy, and wrong, and she needs to change, and she is giving society a bad name by being so “plus-sized,” and she should be so ashamed, ect. when in reality, being that tall and depending on her weight, anything LESS than plus size could be UNHEALTHY.
      I am incredibly disappointed in your comment.
      Mattel’s Barbie is not only an extremely unhealthy image of “beauty,” but it is also completely unrealistic. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/galia-slayen/the-scary-reality-of-a-re_b_845239.html)
      Young girls and women everywhere should be seeing REALISTIC and physically achievable for that matter, images of HEALTH (not images of beauty, because beauty is subjective and you have no right to say what is universally beautiful) and in many cases, healthy DOES equal plus size.

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  • Courtney

    um the average barbie now promotes unhealthy body image, because it’s anorexic. If barbie was a real life person, she would have to be hospitalized.

  • Sophie

    i have a barbie from several years ago that has tattoos :)

  • M.Patricia Valdez

    YES, because in the world t’here are many Different body shapes’ not just skinny minis- stop the hate. I used to be skinny when I was younger now I’m not but much happier.