Plus-size, double-chinned Barbie sparking controversial debate

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Photo credit: Plus Size Barbie Facebook page

A controversy is brewing over a request to remake Barbie in way contrary to the iconic image so many girls knew growing up.

Plus-Size-Modeling.com is suggesting Mattel create a plus-size Barbie. While some say more realistic curves would be a better role model for girls, others say an overly large Barbie would be an unhealthy example.

Plus Size Modeling conducted a poll on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 asking, “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” In just under two weeks, a picture of the poll has received over 40,000 likes, 5,000 comments and 2,700 shares.

“Sure, but Barbie doesn’t need a double chin,” one comment said. “You can be ‘plus size’ w/o the double chin. They could make a ‘thick’ Barbie.”

“Portraying Barbie as a realistic woman with real curves is a very good idea and would send the right message to young girls about self-esteem,” another comment said. “Making a morbidly obese Barbie is BAD!!”

Then there’s this opinion:

“Okay I honestly don’t think how a Barbie looks affects a child’s self-esteem. When I was little I didn’t wanna look like Barbie. Lol. I didn’t think about my looks at all I just wanted to play…”

Watch the report on the controversy via WRIC:


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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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1,380 thoughts on “Plus-size, double-chinned Barbie sparking controversial debate

  1. CrystalClaire says:

    This is the height of ridiculous. Can’t a kid have a dream or a fantasy of beauty & glamour, without some PC controllers intruding upon it with their version of “reality.” And guess what? Not EVERYONE grows up to be fat! Only people who abuse themselves with junk food. What kind of person would want to buy such a doll? Or will it be mandated by the
    PC psychology police state?

  2. Random_acct says:

    Yuck.

  3. crusader2010 says:

    looks like my ex-wife before marriage and after.

  4. crusader2010 says:

    OK! lets be politically correct, you should make them black and brown also.

  5. msueh says:

    as ugly as the original one, but unfortunately, more realistic.

  6. Joseph A. Banks says:

    Nooooooooo bad bad bad idea!!!! Girls should not be encouraged by barbies TO BE FAT!!! Barbie is supposed to be a role model for girls and is supposed be good looking. This will make kids think that eating unhealthy is okay! ITS NOT!!!! People come on now…. if u give kids a fat barbie they are going to become self conscious at a young age. I cant believe you could even think of this.

    1. Joseph A. Banks says:

      i totally agree

      1. Joseph A. Banks says:

        me too

        1. Joseph A. Banks says:

          me three

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