The anatomically grotesque 38-18-33 Barbie

Debates in the Mattel boardroom over Ken

Thirty-seven-year-old Barbie is still 5'6" tall, nearly 50 percent leg.
  • Thirty-seven-year-old Barbie is still 5'6" tall, nearly 50 percent leg.
  • Image by Rick Geary

Matt: If Barbie was a real person, what would her measurements be? — DJ, Del Mar

Thirty-seven-year-old Barbie is still 5'6" tall, nearly 50 percent leg, and measures an anatomically grotesque 38-18-33, same as she did at birth. There’s a 40-year-old woman from Kansas whose Barbie obsession prompted her to have 22 surgical tucks, sucks, enlargements, and rearrangements to approximate the face and figure of the Mattel toy. Perhaps she inspired Barbie’s chum, “Growing Up” Skipper, marketed in the early ’70s. When the lucky owner rotated Skipper’s arm, the doll grew taller, her breasts stuck out, and her waist got smaller. Ken is relatively boring, except for the debates in the Mattel boardroom over his groin — featureless in the original 1961 doll, but eventually provided with a discreet and amorphous “bulge” a few years later.

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