I Don’t Need a Barbie Doll That Looks Just Like Me to Know That I’m Beautiful

Recently, Mattel, the manufacturers of Barbie, announced that they are adding three new body types— curvy, tall and petite — to their existing doll range. Barbies will also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. 

Growing up in the UK, the Barbie experience never really resonated with me. Yes, I saw Barbie dolls growing up and my sister and I played with them at Toys ”R” Us every Christmas, but I’ve never actually owned one. I never paid attention to Barbie’s body type, though I do understand why many people have criticized it. Her body type is unrealistic and her blond hair and blue eyes demonstrate only one specific form of beauty. My cousin doesn’t even allow her three-year-old daughter to play with Barbie dolls because she wants her to understand that beauty comes in many forms. With this announcement, it seems like Mattel is finally telling the world that there are different kinds of beauty, and they come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

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