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Could you teach me the meaning of 10/12 in the following article.
BBC NEWS | Magazine | What would a real life Barbie look like?
It's on the 9th paragraph .
"Next, step forward our real life model, Libby, aged 27 - who is a slim, but unremarkable size 10/12. Applying Barbie's proporti
ons to Libby's body yields some interesting results."
Does it mean Libby's weight or anything to do with her size?
Any help would be appreciated.
However, men will not usually be aware that clothes manufacturers have their own sizing measurements, so that one maker's size 10 will be another maker's size 12. Some also make their clothes a little larger, thereby encouraging their customers to believe that they take a size smaller than they truly should. Marks and Spencers clothes were known for being "small" sized.
It may refer to shoe size. Anyone resembling Barbie would be very slim, and in North American sizes, 10/12 is quite large. A girl I know is a size 7/8 and she considers herself overweight.
It is unlikely to be shoe size, since if you look at a Barbie doll, the feet are always miniscule.
10/12 is often regarded as a good "average" size, whatever American girls may feel - they are probably too taken up with trying to look like catwalk models.
Also I'm told that _the_same_manufacturer_ changes sizes, to encourage people to spend more. (Not sure how this would work exactly, but I'm not in their target market anyway - so it's not something I'm inclined to spend a lot of thought on! )