Artist Removes Barbie’s Makeup to Challenge Doll Manufacturers
Artist Nickolay Lamm, whose work we’ve previously featured at GOOD, has a big question for doll manufacturers, “If dolls look good without makeup, what’s the point of putting makeup on them in the first place?” To prove his point, Lamm fired up his digital face-cleaning towlette (Photoshop) and got to work removing the heavy eye makeup, lipstick, and novelty-sized eye lashes on Disney Princess, Barbie, and Bratz dolls.
The results? They still look attractive au naturel without all of the hyper-sexualized face paint. Although, even without makeup, they still present images with highly-unrealistic lips, doe eyes and ski-slope noses. Lamm believes that removing the makeup is a first step in presenting realistic body imagery to young girls. “Dolls heavily influence the way that young girls want to look,” he explained. “And so, in my opinion, less is more.”
Another great result from this project? It inspired the realistic, minimal makeup-wearing Lammily Dolls.
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Sans makeup Barbie looks summery and fresh.
Barbie has a touch of class when you remove her grape-colored lipstick.
With or without lipstick, Barbie's hair gets all the attention.
Her eyes still pop with or without the heavy eye makeup.
With or without the glittery eye shadow she still has a bratty look in the eyes.
Let's be honest, the makeup removal doesn't make much of a difference here. She was pretty fresh-faced to begin with.