Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dark side of Barbie

Did you know that every Barbie doll has a real name?

It’s Barbara Millicent Roberts.

That’s the good news about Barbie.

Statisticians say just about one woman in a 100,000 is “genetically capable” of achieving the “Barbie doll” body: 5’9”, about 110 pounds, measurements 36-16-33. Oh yeah, and a Body Mass Index of about 16.24, mostly anorexic, with a squashed liver only half normal size and mere inches of intestine, which of course makes weight management a snap. In fact, you don’t want to look like Barbie. A real person who looked like Barbie very possibly would be on life support.

The average American girl ages 3-10 owns eight Barbie dolls. Only about 1 out of a 100 of these young ladies in this age group doesn’t own a Barbie.

Too many folks think they wish they looked like Barbie, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Mannequins of "average" American bodies

The U.S. fashion industry still says size 8 is “standard,” translated to a 35-27-37.5 body.

Among women ages 36-45 in America, the average white woman is 41-34-43, the average black woman is 43-37-46 and the average Hispanic woman is 42.5-36-44.

Strictly speaking, Barbie looks weird.

Footnote: Barbie is a $billion-plus revenue machine for Mattel.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015 All rights reserved.

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