There’s something wrong with the fact that the Joan Holloway Barbie doll from Mattel, inspired by the hit show Mad Men, is as anorexic as Barbie dolls ever were. We’ve all heard enough about how Barbie dolls inspires negative body images in girls, but this doll is based on a real person, not the other way around.
Christina Hendricks, the actress behind Joan Holloway, has been celebrated as one of the few curvy actresses in the mainstream media that girls who are bigger than a size 0 can relate to. Remember that time when people thought that the New York Times altered a photo of her to make her look skinnier? That really didn’t work out too well for NYT.
Come on, Mattel. If this was an issue of you not wanting to come up with a different plastic molding for a slightly healthier looking doll, then maybe you shouldn’t have made a Joan doll at all. But making a Joan Holloway doll whose figure is indistinguishable from Betty Draper’s is just poor workmanship at this point…