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Source: Mattel

New Diverse Barbie Collection Celebrates Different Body Types, Skin Tones, and Hair Types


After years of criticism for only representing one very white, very blonde, very unrealistic body type, Mattel's Barbie brand has been working hard to diversify their collection and make dolls that represent the people who want to play with them. Barbie's Inspiring Women line sought to show that real-life role models come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. A "Love Wins" campaign showed that Barbie could be LGBTQ+.  

And now, Barbie's Fashionista line is intent on bringing doll lovers everywhere representations of different skin tones, hair colors, and body types. "176 dolls, nine body types, 35 skin tones, 94 hairstyles" the website boasts. Barbie gets three new body types: curvy, petite, and tall. Ken also has new body types "and a range of diverse features including a man bun, cornrows, and freckles."