Barbie Multicultural new looks for 2016 are meant to be more realistic for the different sizes and cultures of women around the world. It’s about time!
It’s about time Barbie grows up with Barbie Multicultural new realistic looks this year! I played with my Barbie dolls as a child, but they never depicted a true vision of the variety of cultures and sizes. I am not going to say that these new looks are perfect, but they are an improvement. It actually makes me feel like someone at Mattel, the maker of Barbie, is going to be help young women feel more accepted. I say this because there is still that stigma that you need to be blonde and blue-eyed. It sickens me that this is still happening in society.
The new doll designs have three new bodies which are curvy, tall and petite. They will have seven skin tones with twenty-two eye colors and twenty-four hairstyles. Research shows that Mattel has been criticized over the years for having a doll with unrealistic body proportions. Thank goodness!
The senior vice president and global general manager of Barbie, Evelyn Mazzocco made this statement about Barbie multicultural new looks…
“We believe we have a responsibility to girls and parents to reflect a broader view of beauty.”
I truly hope that this change has come about for the benefit of our youth and not just because Mattel has dropped in sales. The company has been working on the changes for the last two years which included new skin tones. Barbie was made to have movable feet so she could wear heels and flats.
Michelle Chidoni, a spokeswoman for Mattel said they do not know if the kids will pick up the new dolls, but so far the changes were “positively received”.
The dolls were released in stores last month and then to the rest of the world. I am really hoping that parents pay attention and purchase the new dolls for their children. It is time for all young children to grow up without the pressures of body image.