April 19, 2011 by Post Team
Life-size Barbie, A life-size Barbie doll is being used to help raise awareness of anorexia and other eating disorders. A woman from Oregon told NBC’s “Today” the model of 6 feet tall that created the Barbie doll was designed to raise awareness of eating disorders when I was in high school.
Galia Slayer, which led to the creation of “Today” studio in New York on Monday, said he first created the giant figure of Barbie-like – with a bust of 39 inches, 18 inch waist and hips 33 inches – of wood, chicken wire and paper mache for the first week National Eating Disorders Awareness in 2007, while she was a high school student in Portland.
“I was at a friend’s house and her mother is an artist and so were all the materials of art in everything,” Slay said. “She helped with their actual proportions.”
She said she suffered from anorexia when she was a cheerleader in high school.
“I’m not blaming Barbie [for my disease] – it is a small factor, an environmental factor,” Slay said. “I’m blonde with blue eyes and I thought that was what had to be similar. She was my idol. The impact on the way I looked at myself.”
A representative of Mattel said in an email to the wrist “is not inspired by the proportions of a real person.”
“As a popular culture icon, Barbie is often used as the art of expressing one’s own personal opinions and views,” wrote the representative of the toy company. “Girls are the female body images everywhere today and it is critical that parents and caregivers to provide an overview of what you see.”
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