Barbie Gets (Another) Real Makeover

A voice of reason for young girls everywhere, illustrator Nickolay Lamm is not letting up with his eye-opening series of Barbie critiques. First he focused on the icon's heavy makeup, giving her a more natural look. Then he went after her unrealistic body proportions. For that, he compared her side-by-side to illustrations of a mockup realistic version, based on average measurements of a 19-year-old American woman as provided by the CDC. And this time, through the magic of Photoshop and 3D printing, the Pittsburgh-based artist and blogger-whose other recent projects have taken on the Great Gatsby and how humans might look in the future-has "made" the true-to-life Barbie (on paper, at least). "So, if there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?" Lamm asked Yahoo! Shine. Good question.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff