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Plus-sized Barbie photo causes controversy

A photo depicting Barbie as plus-sized is causing

A photo depicting Barbie as plus-sized is causing controversy. (Credit: Plus Size Modeling via Facebook)

It's obvious that Barbie has never been an accurate representation of the female body. In fact, in 2011, research performed by a college student showed that if she were a real person, the notorious blonde would be 5' 9", have a 39-inch bust, an 18-inch waist, 33-inch hips and a size 3 shoe.

The doll's skinny figure has always been a hot topic among parents, with many arguing that it encourages unrealistic body-image expectations for young girls -- but what if it were the opposite?

A photo featuring a plus-size Barbie with a triple-chin and extra curvy waist, originally created as part of a 2011 art contest on the site Worth1000, made headlines recently when it was posted on Facebook by a plus-size modeling site.

The now-viral post asked users if companies should start making plus-sized dolls, and more than 40,000 people weighed in.

Opinions varied, but I know mine: these dolls need to stop representing the extremes.

What the world really needs is an average size Barbie -- a healthy one that sometimes has a little trouble fitting into her skinny jeans.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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