Barbie’s a Computer Engineer.

In 1996, a photographer at Discover Magazine (where I work) asked me to be the subject of a “before and after” image. “Depends,” I replied. “Am I the ‘before’ or ‘after’?” ¬† “Both,” he said. “We want to take an average woman and stretch her likeness into Barbie’s proportions to see what she’d look like.”

I’m the average woman in this picture.¬†Here’s the text that accompanied the photo in the magazine: “To match the proportions of a Barbie doll, an attractive woman with a normal shape (left) would have to transform her height, waist, and bust to appear like the figure on the right.”
The point was to demonstrate why it’s down-right silly for girls and women to aspire towards unrealistic body proportions, such as Barbie’s. (And/or to humiliate me in a stunningly public way as my first thought when I saw the picture was “Burn the skirt and no more witch shoes!”)

Well, who never ages, has taken up a new career based on consumers’ votes: Computer Engineer! Check this out.