Barbie’s commercialized inclusivity

By: Emily Linginfelter ~Staff Columnist~ This past week brought a new wave of media content and advertisements that focus on the recurring topic of beauty inclusion. The New York advertising agency Badger & Winter produced the viral #WomenNotObjects campaign and promised never to sexually objectify women in their content again. In the same breath, Mattel — an international toy manufacturing company — announced a new product line of “body relatable” Barbie dolls designed with four body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hair textures. I applaud the media for taking the risks to change business practices in … Continue reading Barbie’s commercialized inclusivity

Realistic Barbie alternative gets her period

By: Max Creager ~Staff Writer~ Barbie dolls have been under scrutiny for a long time for what some critics say is an unrealistic presentation of beauty and anatomy for young girls. In 2014, graphic designer and artist Nickolay Lamm used 19-yearold female Americans’ average proportions from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to create a side-by- side picture comparison between an average woman and Barbie. “For my first project I showed how distorted fashion dolls are in relation to typical human body propositions, and this got me thinking what if fashion dolls were simply made off of standard female body … Continue reading Realistic Barbie alternative gets her period