Plus-Size Barbie Dolls Spark Hot Debate About Body Image And Weight
Via Facebook, Plus-Size-Modeling.com has started a debate about body image by posting a picture of a plus sized Barbie and asking should toy companies make curvier dolls.
The photo was created by Worth 1000 – a well know organization which held a contest back in 2011 asking people to enlarge celebrities such as president Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba through Photoshop.
The much talked about photo issued by Plus-Size-Modeling.com shows a heavy looking Barbie, with a wider nose, a double-chin or triple-chin and bigger arms, legs and wider hips.
Under the big figure of the doll the following question is posed:
“Should toy companies start making plus sized Barbie dolls? ‘Like’= Yes, absolutely! Comment=No, bad idea.”
The post has received over 40,000 likes and over 2,600 shares since December 18 with mostly positive comments.
However few people have rushed to the social networking site to slam the group for promoting obesity. One commentator wrote:
“what many people falsely believe all plus-size women look like.”
Another stated that no one is born fat and that the picture of fuller figure Barbie is a way to tell young girls it is fine to be unhealthy. A third woman shared:
“Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller,but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl,but come on this is ridiculous.”
Do you believe that that companies should make plus sized dolls?