Truth about Barbie’s body: Barbie proportions on a real woman’s body

Almost all girls grow up on Barbie. It’s just part of the deal, and we all know she looks ridiculous.

Even supermodels, even this woman. I think in that way Barbie doesn’t mess us up too bad, because we know she’s not even “aspirational.” There aren’t enough diets or plastic surgeries in the world that can make you “literally” look like Barbie. But still, there are the elements there that maybe make a girl feel strange about herself when compared with this factory made piece of plastic. The small waist, the impossible long, thin legs, the heart-shaped face. The perfect marbles for boobs.

It’s pretty weird to see Barbie’s dimensions drawn out on a real lady:

Barbie's proportions on a real woman

The woman in the photo is model Katie Halchishick, co-founder of It got attention when the Australian blog “So Bad, So Good” tweeted it.

One of the most startling things here is how small her chin is, and how BIG her eyes are. Barbie is practically an anime character. Another thing to note here is that the model’s (natural and lovely) lips are considerably larger than Barbie’s. That’s at least one thing we can’t blame on Barbie: the inflatable duck lip phenomenon.

  • Courtney

    I think that people blaming Barbie for body image issues is ridiculous!!!! Even at 3 years old I KNEW that Barbie was a doll and not a replica of a REAL persons body! They only things I admired about Barbie were her wardrobe and the fact that she could do or be anything she wanted. If she wanted to fly a plane, she did! I mean seriously…. Are the next generation of girls going to think abnormally large heads and eyes are the ideal look because they grew up playing with Bratz dolls?!? Body image issues come from the PEOPLE you admire or grow up around and their comments and opinions on ideal body types, NOT A DOLL!

    • Nichole

      Thank you Courtney you summarized this perfectly. I really enjoyed the Bratz doll comment. There is no reason for me to continue you said it all 🙂

  • me

    It’s all the images of airbrushed celebrities and models that make me feel bad about my body, NOT Barbie. Barbie was my friend. She made my childhood such a happy time. <3

  • People have every right to blame barbie for body issues. I took a human sexuality class in college, where I learned that men surveyed in countries all over the world prefer bodies closest to that of barbies. But her waist is physically incapable of supporting her upper torso, so dont expect to be competing with barbies anytime soon.

  • Dianna

    i know many guys who hate bone skinny looking girls. and they always have the same reason for not wanting to date them. when you go to get busy, bone will knock against bone and its kinda painful.

  • wtf?

    …here’s all i have to say about this… Barbie’s proportions don’t match a humans proportions BECAUSE SHE’S NOT A DAMN HUMAN. SHE’S A DAMN DOLL. THAT’S LIKE ME SAYING I’M INSECURE THAT MY ARMS MAY BE TO FAT BECAUSE VEGGIE TALES DON’T HAVE ARMS AT ALL. stupidity, at its freaking best.