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When you think of Girl Scouts, and think of Barbie dolls, the things that come to mind may not be analogous to the point where you'd think a Girl Scout Barbie should be a thing.

Oh, but it is!

Last year, the Girl Scouts of America partnered with Mattel, the company responsible for the iconic toy, to give Scouts the opportunity to earn a Barbie patch.

The "Be anything, do everything" patch - the group's first-ever corporate-sponsored merit badge - will soon be followed by a Girl Scout-inspired Barbie doll.

Not everyone's a fan of this partnership, as Susan Linn, a psychologist and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, makes clear.

"Barbie is basically a terrible role model," she told Today. "She's not about the Girl Scouts' principles, which have to do with leadership and courage."

Kelly Parisi, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, disagrees.

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Barbie is ready to embrace a modern, 21st Century career challenge as an entrepreneur, according to Mattel, the manufacturer of the iconic doll.

At Toy Fair this week, Mattel announced that Entrepreneur Barbie would be joining its roster in the brand's I Can Be career line as its Career of the Year.

Entrepreneur Barbie

Entrepreneur Barbie sports a sleek pink shift dress and carries a tiny tablet and smartphone. Her hair is styled in a poofy but professional style.

The iconic fashion doll has held more than 150 jobs during her half-century reign, many of them glass ceiling breakers, long before the 2014 iteration.

Still, with nearly 8.6 million female business owners these days, it’s not a stretch that the newest career for women is one that Barbie forges herself.

Whatever it may be, Barbie can do it, even if she's going through a midlife crisis of sorts. Doll sales peaked in the '90s, and dipped 13 percent last year alone.

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If you've already undergone a dozen surgeries to make yourself look more like a plastic doll, what could possibly be the next step?

Hypnotherapy to make yourself "brainless" of course! Like, totally!

Blondie Bennett, 38, lives in California and has been obsessed with Barbie dolls since she was young. For her, the reason for her fixation is obvious.

"She has the best life. All she does is shop and make herself look pretty - she doesn't worry about anything," Blondie tells the Daily Mail.

Apparently just looking like the famous toy isn't enough for Blondie anymore. She reports she's undergoing hypnotherapy sessions weekly to make herself feel vacant and stupid.

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The cover girl for the 50th annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has been revealed, and it's ... Barbie! Yes, the iconic, all-American doll made by Mattel!

Certainly a different choice than what we were expecting:

Barbie, whose tiny waist, endless legs, voluptuous curves and makeup have all sparked controversy of late, is flaunting her famous figure like never before.

Featured alongside supermodels like Christie Brinkley and Brooklyn Decker, Barbie is the cover girl for a campaign Sports Illustrated is calling "unapologetic."

It appears that the Barbie SI cover is not the actual cover, as it says "pomotional overwrap," but reports say it will thus be wrapped around many copies.

The magazine calls the plastic figure, "The doll that started it all."

Lisa McKnight, Mattel's senior vice president of marketing, adds:

"As a legend herself, and under constant criticism about her body and how she looks, posing ... gives Barbie and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are."

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Barbie's proportions are so unrealistic that if she were human she would not be able to walk upright.

That information comes from a PSA uploaded to Vimeo by Vianca Lugo that details the impossible body expectations toys are setting. 

The captivating video states, "If Barbie were a real woman, she's have to walk on all fours due to her proportions."

It goes on to say that the world-famous doll would be "7'2 and weight 101 pounds" and that she would die from "malnutrition."

It's no secret that Barbie isn't the best example of an attainable appearance. 

Last year, an artist did a rendering of Barbie with no makeup on, while another created a Barbie with the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman

Vianca Lugo's clip also reveals statistics about teenage steroid usage and diet prevalence. Watch it above and tell us what you think. 

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Plus-size models and modeling have gained a lot of traction in 2013, as they a purpose beyond marketing plus-size clothing to a growing market.

They also provide women with a more diverse range of bodies to look up to, which potentially improves self-confidence, body image and social norms.

So if we have plus-size models ... should plus-size Barbies be next? That's the question posed recently by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com on Facebook ...

Plus-Size Barbie Pic

The illustration of a plus-size Barbie doll actually comes from a contest on Worth1000.com, a site where artists compete in daily creative competitions.

The image, created by artist bakalia, won a contest called "Feeding Time 9."

But when re-posted last week by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com, the depiction of Barbie with a double chin and a curvier physique sparked debate.

Over 35,000 people have "liked" it, but many criticize it, asking whether society should be praising being overweight any more than being too skinny.

Maria Kang has yet to weigh in ... but we know where she stands.

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