People used to criticize Mattel for Barbie’s image because most kids couldn’t find themselves in the doll.
But over the years, the toy manufacturer has worked hard to reimagine Barbie as a role model and diverse character that every child can connect with. Today, the dolls can be scientists, pilots, and even judges, and are becoming more inclusive through the “Fashionistas” line all the time.
The “Fashionistas” project began in 2015 and has since grown to include 176 dolls with nine body types, 35 skin tones, and 94 hairstyles. It also features dolls that use wheelchairs, have prosthetic limbs, show off various hair textures, and even represent different cultures (for example, one Barbie wears a hijab).
Not only that, but there are also versions of the toy that reflect experiences like hair loss and, most recently, vitiligo.
Even better, they haven’t only been focusing on Barbie! Ken has also received some major makeovers since the line’s launch. Now people can find versions of the male doll with different skin colors, body types, and hairstyles.
One of their newest additions has long hair, something Mattel’s customers were thrilled to see.
As they move forward, Mattel plans to expand “Fashionistas” so every child can see themselves in at least one of their toys. Clearly, the company has come a long way since their original Barbie doll! We’re so impressed by the progress they’ve made so far and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Check out some of their newest dolls in the video below, and learn more about them on Mattel’s website. And don’t forget to share this story with your friends to spread the word about these diverse additions.
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