By Wyatt Earp | August 9, 2010
The person who designed this doll should be shot . . . then hanged.
Voluptuous actress Christina Hendricks has been immortalised by the makers of Barbie – as a stick-thin, size-zero doll. And the move has been criticised by a leading dietician as another alarming example of children being encouraged to conform to ideals which do not exist.
Miss Hendricks, 35 – who plays sassy secretary Joan Harris in the hit TV series Mad Men – was recently described by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone as being a role model and having the ‘ideal shape’ that British women should aspire to.
But instead of promoting the fuller, hour-glass figure of size 14 Miss Hendricks, Mattel has produced a flat-chested and skinny-hipped doll version of her TV character.
At the risk of going against character, I am siding with the medical weenies on this one. If you are going to create a doll in Christina’s likeness, why not make is at least somewhat similar to the real woman? If nothing else, it may assure some girls that just because they are not a size three doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful.
*Plus-sized hat tip to Fenway Nation for sending the link.