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A Short History Of Anti-Barbies

Brooke Feldman

Over the summer, Pittsburgh-based artist Nickolay Lamm released a Photoshop project destined to go viral: "Normal Barbie" imagined what a Barbie doll would look like if she had the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman. Responses poured in: Where could people buy a doll like that? The answer: nowhere. When Co.Design asked Barbie's lead designer at Mattel if the company would ever release a more realistically proportioned doll, the answer was a roundabout Why should we?

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