An Artist Shows Barbies And Bratz Dolls Without Their Makeup — Should Toy Makers Follow Suit?

A picture of a brace-faced Barbie without any makeup on recently went viral on the Internet.

The image, apparently created by Eddi Aguirre, shows America’s favorite girl’s toy with dark circles under her eyes, split ends littering her hair and a few moles and freckles, to boot.

Gone is the heavy eye shadow, pouty pink lips and rosy cheeks, showing us that, underneath all of it, Barbie looks just like a regular ol’ girl.

Inspired by the photo, artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm has taken things a step further by defacing a few other dolls to see what they would look like without painted mugs. Using Photoshop, Lamm worked with illustrator Nikolett Mérész to create a series of pictures of Barbie, Cinderella and a Bratz doll — all without smoky eyes or a smidge of lipstick.

The original Barbie, Lamm says, is unrealistic: “It completely exaggerates, removing eyelids among other things,” he told Huffington Post UK.

Lamm hopes his work might inspire toy companies to make dolls that promote a more healthy body image to young girls.

“Dolls heavily influence the way that young girls want to look,” he explained. “And so, in my opinion, less is more.”

Source: Huffington Post UK

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by a quality treatment center within the USA.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by a licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility, a paid advertiser on

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-568-9025Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?