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. 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 has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • FreedomTrainUSA

    How about the Toy Makers….Make a Doll with the “Boy Dictator” with a ORANGE JUMP SUIT on…..So all of his BRAIN DEAD SUPPORTER….Will have a replica to play with after he is Arrested and Charged with all the Crimes he has committed against the Constitution and the American People…

  • David Tierney

    The doll company should make dolls in every conceivable size shape and color known to man woman and child especially. Most children know that they can’t compete with Barbie.

  • Tricia Anthone

    This is another example of our culture deciding that failure to live up to an ideal in all cases means the ideal should be discarded.

    This ethic is manifesting in much more significant ways, in areas that are contributing to the decline of our society:

    Don’t award points to the team when they score because that will hurt the “self esteem” of the team on which points were scored. Don’t award grades in school because that will damage the “self-esteem” of the kids who failed to study. Now we have a push to insure that fast-food workers are compensated at the same rate as those who LEARNED TO PERFORM A SERVICE WITH ACTUAL VALUE because telling a kid who hasn’t yet developed a skill of real economic value, “Hang in there, kiddo, you’ve yet to learn to do anything with economic value” would evidently damage his “self-esteem.” Never mind that it didn’t damage the generations before him – this generation is evidently fragile.

    In and of itself, the shape of doll is unimportant. It’s a small manifestation of a much larger trend – a collapse in our society’s willingness to hold onto ideals, measure ourselves against ANY standards of excellence or allow that, on the way to success, every individual who strives is going to experience some failure. The only ideal we hold to today is the most unrealistic and self-limiting one: that we “feel good” all the time.

    Americans today are NOT WILLING to experience a feeling of failure no matter how temporary. And we’re finding ways to indoctrinate our children at ever earlier ages that feeling “bad about yourself” for even a minute is a horror to be avoided at ALL COSTS – including the cost of the ideal or the goal itself.

    • James Wiltsey

      Next time someone spits on your fast food sandwich remember you’re the one who said their skill had no value. I’m forced to wonder what skill it is that makes you valuable, and to whom?

      • Sammie Jo

        Sorry, but slapping a burger on a bun or some pre-measured meat and cheese on a hoagie bun is not a skill, it’s a robotic movement requiring no imagination or skills. You’re not a chef or a cook making complex dishes and you don’t deserve $15 an hour.
        I don’t eat at FF places so nobody will be spitting in my food, but interesting that you would attribute that practice to FF workers.

      • Nic

        You have to produce a product that people want at a price they are willing to pay or provide a service that people want at a price they are willing to pay. If fast food costs more because the owner has to pay more in salaries, the owner runs the risk of people not willing to pay the higher price. The whole point of fast food is cheap but tasty. If the owner cannot make a profit, he has to hire less workers or lower the quality of his food or both. Lowering the quality of the product increases the risk of people no longer wanting it regardless of the price. Raising minimum wage is not the answer and can be more harmful to your cause. If the owner cannot make a profit, he will close or sell his restaurant. Then there won’t be any jobs there at all. People go into business to make money. Jobs are a natural byproduct of business. People don’t go into business just so other people can have jobs with no profit involved.

      • Tricia Anthone

        Oh, Come ON Most of us STARTED with a fast-food job. (I did) It’s a starting point – and a really good one. It’s where we learned as a teen that others are counting on us to show on time, offer cheerful service and fill in the time between customers productively. I’m grateful for the training and experience I got in the fast-food environment and much of what was learned there applied to every subsequent position. I’m not dissing fast food workers, places or jobs. I’m saying ENTRY level jobs are the starting gate. I encouraged by kids to set their sights on something more.

        You advocates of “government runs everything” would take a private, value-for-value exchange and so distort it that there would be very few places left where a person of “just beginning” or restarting status could have a chance. If the employer needs to make a $40K commitment for counter help, we’re going to see a lot fewer of these offered. But going back to the original thread, won’t it be a shame when a kid can start at McDonalds at age 16, and be encouraged to STAY RIGHT THERE AT THAT COUNTER for the next 30 years because, by law, he was given a $40K salary and it BY LAW goes up with seniority. Wow, won’t you be delighted for the kid whose gov’t mandated incentives had him spending 30 years in that job?

    • Th_Ph

      “This is another example of our culture deciding that failure to live up to an ideal in all cases means the ideal should be discarded.”

      Excellent insight! I wish I had more up-votes to give you.

  • minxcomix

    Why does it have to be one extreme to another? I’m plus size. Size 18. I do not have a double chin, nor am I as fat as this doll. And I sure don’t have those skinny ankles!
    How about a NORMAL LOOKING doll??!! That is what we’ve been after all this time!

    • James Wiltsey

      I agree those ankles would break at the first turn. I’m waiting to see what her ken doll will look like?

      • lysosome

        The Michael Moore doll…

  • disqus_2Vt2rvVJSF

    OMG, FAT Barbie…TOO FUNNY!! Will they also start accessorizing her with a lot of fast-food(McDonald’s bags, burgers, fries, shakes, and apple/cherry pies), a choco-holic, Bulimic “Skipper”, and a “Ken” with a 40 lb beer-belly….LOL Mattel…you’re too “F”in’ funny!!!

    • James Wiltsey


    • Patrick

      I think it’s genetic. All I eat is the crap you listed and I am in my healthy weight range.

      • ChappySinclair

        It’s not what you eat…It’s how much you eat…

        Calories in…Calories burned…simple arithmetic

  • Doc Lem

    Down with Fataphobia!

  • popeye2010

    When plus-sized Barbie sits around the house…………

  • Jackie

    Plus sized Barbie could be in a Happy Meal, grab one now kids!

  • frigu

    Plus size Barbie has been made for the guys who are chubby chasers and get a chubby from plus size woman. She was not made for girls.

    • Johnchi1

      Hence frigu had already pre-ordered his own chubby Barbie and some KY.

  • Steven Palmer


    • ancientemplar

      don’t insult cows, she’s a pig! quite a role model, wouldn’t you say.

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