Since her release in 1959, Barbie has been a household name. Almost every girl and woman has played with a Barbie at least once – heck, I played with the dolls until 5th grade. Though I (clearly) loved playing with the world’s most stylish, career driven doll, I could never truly relate. Barbie is typically tall and blonde, with large breasts and a small waist. I am short, I am asian and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Growing up, the Barbie that resembled me the most was a caucasian brunette version of the iconic doll. Fortunately, Barbie has come a long way since then.
Today, Barbie has a belly-button and is available in a variety of ethnicities. She split with Ken back in 2004 ’cause she don’t need a man to make her happy and does amazing things with her career including running for president, driving for NASCAR, working as a computer engineer, photographer and more. All-in-all, she is a pretty positive role model, especially now with her body positive makeover.
Just weeks after her 57th birthday, toymaker Mattel has announced that the iconic doll is getting a new look. The company is adding curvy, tall and petite body types to a line of ethnically diverse dolls. The Barbie® Fashionistas® doll line will feature four body types (including the original), seven skin tones, 24 hair styles and 22 eye colours. The makeover comes after years of scrutiny over Barbie’s unrealistic body type.
The new line of dolls is available to shop on Mattel.com. Take a peek at some of the below.