A ‘shopped photo of a plus-size Barbie doll is causing a stir online after being posted to Plus-Size-Modeling.com’s Facebook page on Monday.
The image, borrowed from an artist named “bakalia” who used it to win a 2011 illustration contest on Worth1000.com, asks whether toy companies should start making “plus-size” dolls like the one shown. Per the “rules” written on the macro, 36,000 “likes” versus 3,300 comments shows who the clear winner is. Still, among those 3,000+ comments, many Facebook users have been debating the merits of plus-size Barbies and whether the photo provided is too extreme an example.
“No one is naturally fat for gods sake, that’s sending the message to girls that it’s ok to look like this and be unhealthy…” opined one user.
“Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller,but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl,but come on this is ridiculous,” said another.
As we’ve reported before, the “plus-size or obesity” debate has most recently been stuck at the crossroads of good self-esteem and general health, with sex appeal concerns playing from the sidelines more and more recently. Don’t get us wrong, taking the pressure to be skinny out of the equation as much as possible is a veritable good, but the question remains … should people be encouraged to accept their bodies, even at the expense of their health?
There are countless rebuttals to that question, but that seems to be where the conversation is stuck right now. It’s nowhere more apparent than on Plus-Size-Modeling.com’s Facebook page right now.
Author: Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.