Barbie has become an astronaut, a tech entrepreneur, a veterinarian, and countless other professions over the years, but she's mostly maintained a pristine, statuesque, blond-haired, blue-eyed, Stepford wife vibe that has resulted in plenty of criticism from feminists and people looking for a more diverse doll. Parents of 2016, your wish has been granted: Mattel just unveiled their latest Fashionistas collection with seven skin tones, four body types, 18 hairstyles and multiple eye color options. Barbie's new look, 57 years in the making, might not completely turn the anatomically disproportionate doll's image on its head, but at least now there are many more options to choose from for the many different types of children who play with the iconic doll.
Kids can choose between the original Barbie type or three new body types: tall, curvy, and petite. The dolls are wearing a variety of clothing styles and accessories from preppy ensembles to classic dresses to rocking punk multicolored hairdos. Some even eschew Barbie’s famous obsession with high heels for more reasonable flats, although most dolls are still shown in the stereotypical feminine and flirty apparel and footwear that Barbie is known for. Barbie haters are gonna hate, and there’s always more to say about the unrealistic, plastic looks of even the new Barbies, such as how even the new dolls all sport toned arms and legs. However, we’re glad that Mattel finally listened to the public (as well as likely responded to the doll’s declining sales over the past few years) and created a Barbie world that is beginning to look a little more like the world we live in.
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