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Mattel Is Releasing Barbie Dolls With Realistic Body Types

by Mike Albo

January 29, 2016

Barbie is finally expanding its idea of female beauty. The new collection, out this week, includes new body shapes Curvy, Petite, and Tall, available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 24 hairstyles.

With the hashtag #TheDollEvolves, the Barbie website states that “girls everywhere now have infinitely more ways to play out their stories and spark their imaginations through Barbie. Along with more overall diversity, we proudly add three new body types to our line.”

Barbie has been around for 57 years, and this is perhaps the most radical change she’s undergone. For a well-entrenched mainstream industry to make such a dramatic effort to be more inclusive is commendable. Someone get these people in touch with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Courtesy of Mattel
Courtesy of Mattel
Courtesy of Mattel
Courtesy of Mattel

 

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Mattel Is Releasing Barbie Dolls With Realistic Body Types