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Plus-Sized Doll Makeovers

Plus Size Modeling's Plus-Sized Barbie is Stirring Controversy

— December 28, 2013 — Life-Stages
Recently, the Plus Size Modeling Facebook page made a post depicting a plus-sized Barbie, asking people to comment or like the image if they think companies should start making plus-sized dolls.

It's been long established that the image of Barbie represents an unrealistic ideal. Over the years, there have been tons of Barbie makeovers that modify have classic form to more closely resemble an actual woman's anatomy and features, but not quite like this manipulation Plus Size Modeling.

Already, the image of the plus-sized doll has been commented, shared and liked thousands of times, but not without controversy of course. Opinions about the doll seem to be split, with people either in support of representing plus size women or challenging it, saying that the notion is more a representation of obesity rather than plus size women and that this health issue should be fought rather than accepted.
Trend Themes
1. Plus-sized Dolls - Opportunity for toy companies to create dolls that represent diverse body sizes and promote body positivity.
2. Body Image Representation - Demand for dolls that reflect a more realistic and inclusive range of body types, challenging traditional beauty standards.
3. Social Media Controversy - Growing importance of social media platforms in shaping discussions and debates around body image and representation in popular culture.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - Potential for toy manufacturers to disrupt the market by producing diverse dolls that cater to the changing consumer demand for more inclusive representation.
2. Fashion and Apparel - Opportunity for fashion and apparel brands to embrace body positivity and include plus-sized models in their campaigns and product lines.
3. Social Media Platforms - Opportunity for social media platforms to develop guidelines and policies that promote positive discussions and combat negativity surrounding body image issues.
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