Barbie’s gone through a lot of changes the past few years. Faced with mounting criticism of the doll’s unrealistic proportions and narrow appeal, Mattel introduced Barbie dolls of various body types and skin tones. The message was that Barbie is becoming a doll for every girl — the company took pains to note that all the variations of Barbie are considered to be Barbie, not just the classic doll. Recently, Mattel kept the momentum going by working with plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham to make a doll proportional to her body.
Graham was given the doll at Glamour’s Women of the Year award ceremony, which took place on Monday in Los Angeles. The doll was no surprise — Graham worked with Mattel to make her Barbie a reality, and realistic. Graham told the Huffington Post, “All we did was take 360 degree photos of my body to send to them, and afterward we fleshed out some details. The color of my hair, a few details on my face like beauty marks and full eyebrows. The number one prerequisite, though, was that her thighs touched. I was like, ‘Guys, we can make this Barbie, but if her thighs don’t touch, she’s not authentic.’”
Mattel delivered, making Graham’s Barbie perfectly to scale. Unfortunately for Barbie and Graham fans alike, her doll is one-of-a-kind, but the process used — essentially, taking 3D scans and custom printing a doll to match — sounds like what a lot of toy companies are doing now that 3D printing is coming into widespread use. Who knows — custom Barbies for everyone might just be the future!
Via Huffington Post