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"It's empowering for women to be who they want to be and not just live with the body and face they were born with." And women might be justified in feeling more undermined by the Barbie phenomenon than men. When researchers at the University of South Australia scaled up Mr Barbie to life-size proportions, they concluded that the chances of a man having his body shape is one in 50.That's a lot more achievable than one in 100,000, giving weight to the argument that pressure is put on girls and women to be an unrealistic size.
Sarah Burge was dubbed the "real-life Barbie" by the press after having plastic surgery reportedly worth £500,000.
I'm sure the measurements of baby dolls aren't accurate but no one criticises them." But others insist the proportions are unrealistic at best and damaging at worst.
"Barbie's body shape and proportions are among the many things that play up to this 'thin ideal' which is ubiquitous these days," says Professor Janet Treasure, an expert on body size and image at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.
But what if, instead, Libby's height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m) was to remain unchanged.
Doing the maths, Libby would have an extraordinarily tight waist of just 20ins (50.8cm), while her bust would be 27ins (68.5cm) and her hips 29ins (73.6cm).