Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!

Fashion, Thoughts

Who has a perfect jawline, flawless beige complexion, eternal eyebrows on fleek, and can’t bend her knees? You guessed it! It’s your childhood Barbie doll. However, things are about to change this year. Just like society has been enhancing in terms of accepting the beauty of all body types, so has the the toy industry. Mattel has unveiled three new bodies: tall, curvy, and petite along with the original model. This was Barbie’s most dramatic body transformation in its 57 year history. With shifting demographics in the 21st century and controversy on the unrealistic proportions of the original model, it was high time that change was implemented.  

Click here to watch Ken Speaks: ‘I Will Always Love Barbie, No Matter Her Size’

In 2015, Mattel added different combinations of hair colors and skin tones. Additionally, with the new body types introduced this year, we can finally say that Barbie represents at least 70% of the American population. We all know that Ken will love Barbie just as much regardless of her shape, size, and color. It’s the beauty inside that matters more.

Click here to watch Barbie’s 57-Year Evolution in 37 Seconds

The latest dolls have unique outfits, hair colors, and shoes to represent that each woman has her own individuality and ways to express herself. The dolls even have the option of wearing flat shoes for those who don’t wear heels every moment of their daily lives. Can I get a “Hallelujah”? For the average American woman, heels are restricted to photos. Camera turns off, and she whips out her ballet flats.

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The new body shapes will be sold online beginning January 28th at Barbie.com and will appear in retail stores later in 2016. Hopefully, the sales for the Barbie doll will take off after a four year slump. Children can now approach their local Target and look for a doll who looks just like them, unique and beautiful in her own way. They deserve it.

 

FEATURE PHOTO CREDIT: MATTEL/GRAPHIC BY DYLAN PETROHILOS

 

2 thoughts on “Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!

  1. It’s about time Mattel did something about Barbie, although they are prabably only doing it due to pressure, and to stay ahead of the game. They have known for many years that those dolls are bad for young girls’ self-images.

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    1. That is very true. No one needs a piece of plastic to define what they should be like and what are the accepted norms of beauty in society. People should be independent. In all honesty, after I grew up, I don’t even remember the last time I saw a barbie doll at a young child’s home.

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