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Artist drafts rendition of "Normal" Barbie

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What would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average American woman?

An artist set out to see, and according to measurements from the CDC of an average 19-year-old woman, that Barbie looks quite different than what we're used to seeing.

So which version would parents prefer their daughters play with?

When given the choice, 6-year-old Alexia Martinez chooses traditional Barbie over a more realistic rendition every time.

Her father, Esteban Martinez agrees, saying the Barbie we've known over the last 50 plus years, is meant for play, and is not a reflection of real-life.

"I think I'll go for the traditional one for reason being it's more like a toy, as opposed to the other seems more realistic," says Martinez.

But mom Megan Borzeniatow says when 3-month-old Zaveah is old enough to play with Barbies, she'd prefer her play with a realistically proportioned Barbie.

"It's ok to look however God made you to look and you don't need to change yourself just because the world tells you to," says Borzeniatow.
    
Terri Russ is a communications professor at Saint Mary's College who teaches a Female Beauty class.

For the past ten years, she's had her students create Barbies they believe represent them.

"We have kind of this love-hate relationship with her because girls who play with her, she's a big part of her life and as girls mature, we start to realize, 'wait a minute, there's no way I can ever be that,'" says Russ.

Russ says she was pleasantly surprised to see this new Barbie with thicker thighs, a wider waist, and a little bigger behind.

"I think the artist rendition, while it's not representative of every single woman, it's closer to women that we see and are around us every single day," says Russ.

"Normal" Barbie, as it's being called by the artist who created it, won't be on the shelves any time soon, and Alexia is just fine with that.

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