Barbie Has a New Body and We’re All About It!
Written by Project Inspired | January 29, 2016
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:
“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.
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?
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