Barbie's Surprising Resemblance To The Playboy Bunnies Of Her Time

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Some parents are up in arms about the latest, tattooed hipster Barbie that's sure to be a hit this Christmas, but maybe they should channel their anger into this, instead: a chart that makes a pretty interesting case for Barbie's looks mirroring those of Playboy's Playmate of the Year. Oh yes.

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Take a look at the side-by-side examples, courtesy the Cheezburger Network's fashion site If Style Could Kill, and you'll notice some striking similarities. And yes, I did happen to have 1992's "Totally Hair Barbie" (apparently modeled after Miss Corinna Harney), but to my knowledge, I just dug her for the extra-poufy bangs and over-sized earrings. Little did I know I was being coerced into becoming a future Playboy Playmate! Too bad it didn't work out the way that's implied in this here chart — I'm about as likely to pose for Playboy as the actual Playmates are to take real pleasure from baby oil-filled foreplay with Hugh Hefner. (That is to say, it won't happen.)

[If Style Could Kill]

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LibraryChick
LibraryChick

Unlike moat of the commenters so far, I totally see the similarities in face, if not hair, probably because both Barbies and Playboy Playmates reflect beauty fashions of their times. I think we would also be able to take both sets of pictures and arrange them more or less chronologically if they were unlabeled. It's an interesting reflection on the lowest common denominator of beauty for women. They're also all white.