25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

Ken was fine the way he was
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1991 | Ken was fine the way he was

A couple of years before rail-thin Kate Moss will radically change the "ideal" figure of young women, The High Self-Esteem Toys Corporation debuts its Happy To Be Me doll. It has "a wider waist, larger feet, shorter neck, and shorter legs" than Barbie, reports The New York Times. The worthy idea: promote healthier body image in young girls, who fall prey to eating disorders. If enlarged to real-life size, Happy would have a figure of 36-27-38, compared to Barbie's big-busted, Twiggy-waisted 36-18-33. The red-headed doll gets a fair amount of attention from media, less from young girls. Barbie, 31 years old in 1991, survives. Unused Happy dolls sell for $25 to $65 on eBay and Amazon in 2012.

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