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Long Overdue! Barbie Now Comes in 7 Skin Tones, 4 Body Types & 22 Hairstyles To Reflect Diversity(Photos)


Long Overdue! Barbie Now Comes in 7 Skin Tones, 4 Body Types & 22 Hairstyles To Reflect Diversity(Photos)

New Barbie additions

After many years of been criticised by many for producing unrealistic dolls, Mattel, the makers of Barbie-the world’s highest selling dolls- have finally realised that  women don’t come in one shape, and have reflected this in some newly added Barbie dolls.

Now, in addition to the original Barbie,  the doll will come in tall, petite and curvy varieties.

Mattel announced the new line Thursday on its website and in a Time magazine article featuring the cover headline, “Now can we stop talking about my body?”

“We have to let girls know it doesn’t matter what shape you come in, that anything is possible,” Tania Missad, director of consumer insights for the doll line, said in a video on the Barbie brand website.

According to Mattel, Barbie will now come in four body types and seven skin tones, with 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. In all, 33 dolls will roll out in stages, spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said.

The move comes a year after Mattel introduced Barbies with moveable ankles that would allow the dolls to wear flat shoes for the first time.

In June, Mattel broadened the number of skin tones, eye colors and hair styles available for the dolls, which first appeared on store shelves in 1959.

The latest changes, however, “are by far the most dramatic we’ve ever made,” Chidoni said.

They come after years of criticism leveled at Mattel over the doll’s unrealistic proportions and concerns that Barbie reinforced a single, virtually impossible standard of beauty for girls to try to meet.

More photos below:

Curvy Barbie

Petite Barbie

Tall Barbie


Barbie the Original

Dark skinned Barbie

Another variant of tall Barbie

Another style of curvy Barbie

Another variant of petty Barbie

I grew up with Barbie, and I think the changes although long overdue are amazing!

Moji is a Lawyer, online media aficionado, communications strategist, and entrepreneur in her early 30’s. Her zest and energy to succeed coupled with her very strong interpersonal skills has seen her building her blog from just a passionate hobby to a strong platform for social influence and brand. Today she has expanded to having her own company SMD Media. SMD Media consults for large corporates drawn especially from the Finance, Technology, Advertising and Media, Creative Arts sectors, where her brand has grown significant leverage and contacts. She is also the pioneer Chairperson of the Digital Media Practitioners of Nigeria-DMPN, an Association whose vision is to influence on a larger scale for a greater good to impact lives positively, ensure the standardisation and the continuous enthronement of ethical practises within the digital space . Moji is a lover of the Arts, Fashion and Entertainment with a strong plan to own her own shoe/bag line, record label, Movie production company among other things.

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  1. Bomi

    January 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Cute! Nice to finally meet the feminine side of MojiSola…

    I concur with your statement…

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