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Barbie Has a New Body and We’re All About It!

Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, announced Thursday in Time magazine that the doll has three new body types—curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also now come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said the product is evolving to “offer more choices” to make “the line more reflective of the world girls see around them.”

Check out a few of the new options available to girls:

New Barbie Body

Barbie's New Faces

“These new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them,” Evelyn Mazzocco, global general manager for Barbie, said in a statement. The variety “allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.” The fresh Barbies come as Americans are increasingly celebrating standards of beauty beyond the look that Barbie defined for decades.

Imagine all the new possibilities for little girls when playing! Most of us have owned a Barbie doll at one time, and now the options are not only more realistic, but also bring in the unique traits that make us all special. The evolution is a long time coming and we love the acceptance trend in the fashion and toy industries.

The process leading up to the decision is really interesting and says a lot about culture and its revolution. Check out the video for more!

Ninety-two percent of American girls age 3-12 have owned a Barbie—are you one of them? What do you think of the change? Do you wish they had these options when you were little?

 

See related stories:

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Slim Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Petite Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Tall Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Plus Size Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Curvy Edition

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8 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Foreverpetra31 on March 1, 2016 at 11:33

    This is new… I know there was all that stuff about barbie leading young girls astray, but it never affected me like that. I just saw it as a doll to play with, not something to measure up to. Barbie was never idolised by me. Personally I understand why they are doing this, but I don’t think they needed to.

  2. LoveOnFire

    Posted by LoveOnFire on February 3, 2016 at 12:27

    I know I certainly wish I had these options. I might have been more interested in Barbie if I did. As it was I really disliked Barbie…

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by famosamos26 on February 1, 2016 at 06:19

    But now you have to buy different sizes of barbie clothes :'(

  4. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on January 30, 2016 at 15:25

    While I love they’ve finally done this the one thing I always loved about Barbie was all the clothes fit all the dolls LOL.

  5. Bug1197

    Posted by Bug1197 on January 30, 2016 at 14:22

    I was a HUGE Barbie fan when I was younger!!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on January 30, 2016 at 10:11

    I love that they are doing this . They are showing people , especially young girls that beauty comes in all shades and sizes

  7. atla_bee

    Posted by atla_bee on January 30, 2016 at 09:17

    I think it’s kind of cool what they’re doing. I used to love Barbies when I was younger but I must admit, I never thought much about their shapes/sizes. Playing with Barbie didn’t make me feel bad about myself nor did it cause me to idolize the “perfect” figure. But to the girls who were more sensitive to that, this is a good thing.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by mfriesen101 on January 30, 2016 at 08:39

    I wish I had these when I was little!!! Did you know that when people took the original Barbie and used all her like measurements….then they made a human model. If Barbie was a real person, she would be anorexic and wouldn’t even be able to stand on her legs. That’s why I’m so happy about this, because do we really want 5 year olds playing with that kind of stuff?