Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year.
The US company behind the famous toy, Mattel, is adding “tall, curvy and petite” body shapes to its line-up of the fashion dolls.
Several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection, the company said.
Barbie’s figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it set an unrealistic body image for girls. With the new body shapes, the toy makers say they are “offering girls choices that are more reflective of the world they see today”.
With this year’s update, the Barbie Fashionistas line will feature:
- 33 new dolls
- 30 hair colours
- 24 hairstyles
- 22 eye colours
- 14 face shapes
- 7 skin tones
- 4 body shapes – original, plus tall, curvy and petite
Barbie is finally sort of all-inclusive: almost all shapes, heights and races. Way to go Mattel.
However, some people think Mattel hasn’t gone far enough. Since Mattel is trying to include young females from all possible life scenarios, here are some life situations that Barbie experiences that are real and unabashed.
Hot sensuous Barbie
Couch-potato dope smoking plump Barbie.
Sedentary and lethargic Barbie.
Addicted to crack street Ho Barbie.
Barbie and Ken EXPLOSION!