Drag Queen Barbie, But Still Not a Plus Size Barbie?!

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I’m starting to believe our editor’s post “You can be gay, but you still can’t be fat” isn’t that off the mark . Over the years Barbie have been the jack of all trades and has yet to be plus sized. Now she …well he has done a 360, Barbie is now in Drag. A design team The Blonds with Mattel has created the “Drag Queen” Barbie. According to a website called Barbie Collector “Phillipe and David Blond believe that every woman should be glamorous every day. The platinum designers create scintillating styles for starlets: gem-encrusted bodysuits; crystal corsets; mini-dresses lavishly embellished with stars, chains, spikes, and sequins. Fun fashion and rock & roll glam are the only rules for these gorgeous garments.” Phillipe and David Blond is a powerhouse designer out of new york that has created amazing costumes for artist such as Beyonce ,KatyPerry even Jennifer Lopez.

   There has been several dolls made to represent full figured women in the industry but there has not been a Plus sized Barbie. The doll pictured above really existed, in 1994 a Polish artist named Zbigniew Libera created Ciotka Kena doll which translates to “Ken’s Aunt”. Ciotka Kena doll resembles realistic figures of women. If you are lucky maybe you can come across one of the 24 that were actually made.

In this day-in-age, with body image being the target of alot of things, you would think that the fine people at Mattel would have at least made one full figured barbie. She can be a doctor, a lawyer even tattooed but why not full figured? We contacted Mattel to get that question answered, we have not received a reply as of today BUT we will update you when we get that answered.

Barbie in real life would stand 5 feet 9 inches have the estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips) and would probably weigh around 110 pounds. The original Barbie is alot smaller then the ones on the shelves today. In 1997 the  body mold was redesigned giving Barbie a wider waist,would make the doll better suited to contemporary fashion designs. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate In 1963, the outfit “Barbie Baby-Sits” came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: “Don’t eat!.”The same book was included in another ensemble called “Slumber Party” in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs., which would be around 35 lbs. underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall.  Mattel has been known to sat that the waist of the Barbie doll was made small because the waistbands of her clothes, along with their seams, snaps, and zippers, added bulk to her figure.


As the world is becoming more and more obsessed with body image and perfection, we hope to one day be able to purchase a curvy version of Barbie, until then stay Curvy.


" A dream is just a dream til you grab it and make it yours" Christa McDuell Houston Editor Executive Director of The Curvy Revolution


  1. Shanda Edmonson

    08/22/2012 at 1:14 AM

    I can’t tell the difference between Drag Queen Barbie and the regular Barbie.

  2. Nicole Nikolaou

    08/22/2012 at 1:24 AM

    I think all us stunning curvy girls should get together and make a curvy Barbie

  3. CrystaltheGem Brown

    08/22/2012 at 1:34 AM


  4. April D Mowatt

    08/22/2012 at 1:46 AM

    I think there’d be too many complaints if a plus-sized Barbie were made. Think about it, some of us are curvy (no stomach but big hips). Some of us are fluffy (need to lose 15 – 20 pounds). Some of us are soft (need to lose 30 – 40 pounds) and then there are those of us who just know better (medically obese meaning we need to lose 100+ pounds). Which size would Barbie be? If she’s curvy, then everyone else will complain. If she’s soft, then everyone else will complain. Barbie isn’t dumb. She’s playing it safe.

  5. Barbara Lerner

    08/22/2012 at 1:59 AM

    Hey I am gay and I am fat…please do not lump all “Gays” into the drag queen description of what “gay” is.

  6. @Barbara ^ we are talking about two different post hun 🙂 they are seperate

  7. @Rue114

    08/22/2012 at 10:29 PM

    RT @CURVY: Previously on #CURVY :: Drag Queen Barbie, But Still Not a Plus Size Barbie?!

  8. @Curvyexchange

    08/23/2012 at 12:45 PM

    I want both Barbies!! P.s. A GREAT article! >> Drag Queen Barbie, But Still Not a Plus Size Barbie?! ~ via @Curvy

  9. CURVY Magazine (@CURVY)

    08/23/2012 at 5:34 PM

    Martel responds and says Drag Queen Barbie is all real woman CURVY: Drag Queen Barbie – #CURVY

  10. @JeSuisDawn

    08/23/2012 at 5:47 PM

    Really? RT @CURVY: Martel responds and says Drag Queen Barbie is all real woman CURVY: Drag Queen Barbie – #CURVY

  11. CURVY Magazine (@CURVY)

    08/23/2012 at 8:30 PM

    Previously on #CURVY :: Drag Queen Barbie, But Still Not a Plus Size Barbie?!

  12. @RainbowSteph

    08/23/2012 at 9:51 PM

    RT @CURVY Drag Queen Barbie, But Still Not a Plus Size Barbie?! – #CURVY #PlusSizePeace