The Hypocrisy of Barbie—and Her Maker at Mattel

Barbie might not be shrinking, but there’s a good chance her lead designer at Mattel is feeling a little smaller. Kimberly Culmone has become a magnet for critics worldwide since defending the doll’s wacky proportions in a recent story in Fast Company. Culmone told the magazine that “Barbie was never designed to be realistic,” saying the toy’s curvy form is essentially designed to be a hanger for all those groovy clothes.

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