Camp director Jessica Christianson said she got the idea to have her campers do this exercise when she overheard them body-shaming their own drawings of women — not even actual women, just drawings of them — and knew something had to change.
"What I would hear as the girls were working on their designs was that the girls they were drawing ‘looked too fat, looked too short, looked too tall, too skinny,’" Christianson told NBC affiliate King5. "And that would sort of trickle into their conversations about themselves."
Today, Barbie comes in different shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.
In calculating Barbie's dimensions — the 2:1 waist-to-hip ratio, the perpetually pointy-toed stance — the campers found that not only would Barbie not be able to hold her head up in real life, she would have to walk on all fours.
Thankfully, Mattel has wised up and is making Barbie in different body shapes and skin tones these days.
"Every body is amazing," said Maia, a fourth-grader. "Barbie makes you think that your body has to be one size, or else 'no one is going to like me.' I think that is one of the problems we have in America, that we’re so focused on looks."