Pictures of “normal-sized” Barbie have got the Internet buzzing lately. Basically, she’s still blond-and-blue-eyed Barbie, except with more realistic body proportions patterned after that of an average 19-year-old woman. She was created by artist Nikolay Lamm, whose artistic flair unfortunately doesn’t extend to fashion judging by that hideous floral bra top and ruffled bikini bottom he chose to dress the dolls in. If you haven’t seen normal Barbie yet, her pictures next to the original Barbie are below.
The original Barbie next to artist Nikolay Lamm’s normal-sized Barbie
Normal-sized Barbie was created as yet another criticism of how Barbie presents an unrealistic body image for young girls. We don’t disagree with that, but we don’t 100% agree with it either. To us, Barbie is a toy, and she’s all about the fun side of fashion! If normal Barbie was actually sold in stores, we’d treat her not as a body image model, but as the fashion doll that she is.
In fact, we’d love it if stores started selling the normal-sized Barbie because, if you noticed, normal Barbie’s feet are flat on the floor instead of being frozen in a tiptoe stance. In fashion right now, it’s all about flat styles, sporty looks, and chic comfort, so that means normal Barbie can wear all of the hottest shoes.
Barbie would be such a chic fashionista if we got our hands on her! Her outfits would be hyped all over Lookbook with the following 5 shoe styles we’d make her wear:
1. A street-stylin’ pair of fashion sneakers
There are so many cool fashion sneakers to choose from right now. We couldn’t narrow it down, so we just went with the coolest: Givenchy. These pretty paisley-printed high-tops cost $595 at Barneys.
2. Summer’s shoes of the moment, the Celine boxy flat sandals with fur
Celine’s Phoebe Philo is at that point where she can do no wrong. Just take these boxy flat sandals for instance: Philo designed them in the image of Mark Zuckerberg’s shower slides, covered them in fur, and released them in dead of the summer. And right now, they’re the hottest things to happen in shoes.
3. The fashion-blogger-favorite Valentino “Rockstud” flats
Get these cute pink flats at LuisaViaRoma.
4. Fab flat versions of our favorite heels
Contrary to popular belief, designers do listen to us and make flat versions of their beautiful high-heeled creations. Not only are the flats feet-friendly, but they’re also almost always cheaper than the heels.
5. Trendy knee-high gladiator sandals
Barbie isn’t Barbie without being one of the first to try top trends.
Credit: Nickolay Lamm