Most of us grew up with the ever-unrealistic Barbie doll. She had the fairest of fair skin, long silky hair, long legs, a tiny waist, and a chest that, in real life, would have made her so top heavy that she would have toppled over. Well move over girl! Mattel has given in to our cries for more diverse, more realistic images of women for our children.
The new line of Barbie dolls is called the 2016 Fashionistas Line, and it represents 4 body types (they had to start somewhere, so let’s give credit), 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 24 different hairstyles. Keep in mind, the original body type remains with new skin tones, etc., but there are now also Curvy, Tall, and Petite dolls in various skin tones. It would be hard for them to represent all women, but I am so thankful for this start. It’s long, LONG overdue. Here’s hoping that in the future, more kids will grow up with a more realistic idea of the diversity of the human race. If even a few kids end up with a greater sense of self acceptance or acceptance of others, Matel’s move to diversify is well worth it.
From the youngest age, Barbie was the standard at which I began my seemingly life-long journey of comparison; an unrealistic standard at which to set myself up against. Kids learn to hate their bodies from any and everywhere, but here’s hoping this is a step in the right direction to teach kids that diversity is realistic and down right beautiful.