Mattel Gives Barbie New Body Shapes
Mattel, the company that produces Barbie dolls, recently announced that it’s revamping the entire Barbie line. Barbie’s new “Fashionistas” doll line will not only feature four body types, but also seven skin tones and hair textures. Mattel has also created realistic curvy Ken dolls. Lyst has designed a Balding Ken, a Beach Dad Bod Ken and a “Bearded Hipster Ken”. Barbie’s new curvy body types and ethnicities are predicted to be on the list of top Christmas toys for 2016. Parents, mental health experts, and women’s advocacy groups have inspired the Barbie makeover.
The new 2016 Barbie Fashionistas dolls includes 4 body types, 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and endless fashions and accessories. New Barbiedolls in 2016 include shades of brunette and blonde, black, red and even purple. Hijab barbie wears hijab and is referred to as “Hijarbie” on Instagram. The new line has three different body types: petite, tall and curvy.
The new Ken dolls get a realistic makeover too. The line-up includes Beach Dad Bod Ken, Bearded Hipster Ken, Balding Ken, Petite Ken, Black Ken, and Asian Ken. 2016 ‘Fashionisto’ Ken dolls feature the most popular fashion products purchased by men last year.
Barbie’s new diversity dolls are the most dramatic change in Barbie’s 57 year history. Mattel says it will also unveil more empowering Barbies in 2016, a smart home, a Barbie drone, and a Wonder Woman Barbie – Stay tuned!
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