Galia Slayen of Hamilton College built this “real life” sized Barbie for her schools National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW). I would say this girl really got her message across. A Barbie built to human size would have the following measurements: about 6’ tall, 39″ bust, 18″ waist, and 33″ hips.
The “life-sized” Barbie was built using wood, nails, chicken wire, paper maché and a life size Barbie head from Toys R Us. Slayen made the Barbie as a visual to raise awareness about body image issues and eating disorders back in 2007. Since then, this figure has grabbed the attention of high school and college students, and now the media. Slayens story and efforts were featured in the Huffington Post and this image has been blogged on Tumblr by thousands of users.Our society has an obsession with perfection and it is instilled into kids at a young age. Galia Slayen admitted that she struggled with body image pressures in her teenage years, and is now using her experience to help others. Hopefully the toy industry sees this and takes a hint that it is not okay for young people to starve themselves or suffer to look like a plastic doll. No one should be expected to have a 39” bust with an 18” waist. Guys and girls: you are perfect the way you are!