So far, 2015 hasn’t been the best year for Barbie. Back in November, Nickolay Lamm launched Lammily, the super-popular doll that’s modeled after the proportions of real women. The Lammily doll even comes complete with acne marks and dirt stains. Then came news of the Queens of Africa Dolls, which come dressed in traditional costumes Nigerian girls can identify with. These dolls actually outsold Barbie in Nigeria. And now, it seems that Mattel gets it: we want dolls that look like us. Like, now. So to answer our cries, they’ve made some major changes.
Mattel is releasing a new line of dolls their calling Fashionista Barbies. These new versions of the 56-year-old character will now be available in eight skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 hairstyles, 23 hair colors and 18 eye colors. Seventeen of these Fashionista Barbies are already on sale. Additionally, the brand has also adjusted Barbie’s feet so that they can now wear either heels or flats. Previously, Barbie’s feet were permanently arched in a high-heel only formation.
While these are two huge steps in the right direction for the major toy company, there still appears to be no change in regards to Barbie’s unrealistic figure, which has also been a major topic of discussion for some time now. Here’s hoping that change will follow shortly.
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