We had to line up in order of size, with both height and weight taken in to consideration. Madame was frustrated with me, because, thought I was one of the shortest in the class, I weighed the most. She never said it explicitly, but it was made very clear that ballerinas were not supposed to be fat. Therefore, despite my perfect plies and stunning arabesques, I was not supposed to be a ballerina….
Even if these [body positive Barbie] dolls are released, how soon will that happen? Barbie debuted in 1959 [source], but a black Barbie wasn’t introduced until 1980 and the first Indian (Native) doll wasn’t introduced until 1993 [source]!
At this rate, it will be decades until we see a fat Barbie— and by the time that comes, kids will have other influences (like pro-ana websites, Strong4Life, the American government’s “war on obesity”, the tiny selection of sizes in most clothing stores, shadeism within cultures) to destroy their self-esteem, so it won’t make much impact, anyway.