Barbie Without Makeup: Nickolay Lamm's Images Go Viral, Raise Questions On Doll's Influence [PHOTOS]

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By Zoe Mintz | May 1, 2013 5:07 AM EST

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Barbie has a long history of image problems. Whether it’s her disproportionate waist size, job choices or accessories, the 54 year old doll has faced harsh criticism – but what about her makeup?

Nickolay Lamm, an artist and researcher from Pittsburgh, decided to give Barbie as well as her Bratz and Disney contemporaries clean faces. He collaborated with another artist to take photos of the dolls and remove their makeup using Photoshop.

“I think it’s a little bit too hyper-sexualized and I think people don’t say anything because makeup has been on dolls for so long,” Lamm told Today.

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Lamm got the idea for the project from a viral image that depicted a sickly-looking Barbie that went au naturel.  

Thinking it was an exaggerated depiction, he set off on his own “mini investigation” to uncover Barbie’s natural face.

"I hope that my work inspires toy companies to give dolls are more natural look," Lamm told The Huffington Post. "If the dolls look good without makeup, what's the point of putting makeup on them in the first place?"

Maegan Tintari, a Babble.com blogger, agrees.

“I think the dolls look prettier, softer, and more approachable without the brightly layered eyeshadows, impossibly long eyelashes, and bold lips,” she writes.

Kate Anastario, a mother of three girls and a boy, from Sterling, N.J., says if given the choice between the two Barbies, she would opt for the one with the clean look.

“I would pick the one without whore paint,” she told Today. “It’s just not necessary.”

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