Artist Nickolay Lamm is responsible for the new-and-improved Barbie. "He transferred CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to make the 3-D model, then used photoshop to liken the doll to a Barbie." 

Why did he go through all that trouble?

"If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well," says Lamm. "If there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?"

Nickolay Lamm sounds like good people.

(Bust, Huffington Post)

Photos used with permission from Nickolay Lamm via