There鈥檚 a lot to like about the first superhero Barbie from Mattel. She鈥檚 got a stylish pink dye job, she loves glitter and she rocks some killer cuffs. In response to a global survey of girls between the ages of 3 鈥 10, Mattel discovered that little girls wanted superhero toys of their own. (Duh.) But that same survey asked if superheroes were more fun than princesses鈥 and a majority said no. Which is why superhero Barbie has another, less exciting identity: princess :-/

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Okay, so it鈥檚 pretty nifty that her cape also doubles as her ball gown, but we have to wonder, why wasn鈥檛 being a superhero enough for Barbie? Maybe she needed an escape from that taxing royal life. Waving in parades and dancing around a ball room can be pretty boring. We don鈥檛 blame her for turning that skirt into a cape.


Mattel explained the princess/superhero combo career in their press release by saying that 鈥済irls don鈥檛 want to choose.鈥 Whether or not you鈥檙e irritated that Barbie couldn鈥檛 be a superhero without also being a princess, you have to agree that women can and should have it all. Why should Barbie have to choose just one path? After all, she鈥檚 had more than 150 careers in her lifetime.


While we鈥檙e discussing Barbie鈥檚 new lease on life, we can鈥檛 forget her new hipster reporter beau. The Clark Kent to Barbie鈥檚 Lois Lane, he鈥檚 pretty stylish in his black-rimmed glasses and skinny jeans. Well done, Barbie.

Do you think Princess Power Barbie is good for little girls鈥 self esteem or is she just perpetuating a stereotype about women? Let us know in the comments!

(h/t Refinery29)