Mattel releases four new body types for Barbie
Starting March 1, Barbie won’t only be tall and skinny, she’ll be available in four different body types. Barbie will actually start looking like us. Wider thighs, curly hair, and even shorter in height.
For the past two years, Mattel has been recreating Barbie’s look. They proudly announced Barbie’s new body types; tall, petite, and curvy. Mattel also introduced seven different skin tones, 22 unique eye colors, and 24 new hairstyles.
The change is so precise, even Barbie’s feet are becoming flat-footed. The average girl doesn’t wear heels everywhere they go, and Mattel noticed this.
Florence Williams, a scholar at George Washington University’s public health school, wanted a better role model for girls playing with the dolls.
“Barbie is praised, and if there’s only one body type, then girls may want to be that [body type],” said Senior Tafa Fonotisatele. “It could cause different eating disorders, depression, and other things like that. Personally, I think it’s a good thing to do, and will overall benefit every girl.”
Two years ago, artist and researcher, Nickolay Lamm, raised $95,000 to produce a Barbie doll based on a real life 19 year old girl. The doll had acne, freckles, stretch marks, and even cellulite. The research was done through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The doll was named “Normal Barbie” or the “Lammily Doll”.
“I would rather have my kids play with the Lammily Doll,” said Senior Summer Diego. “I think that it would show young boys and girls that it is okay to be bigger and have acne, it would boost self confidence in many girls. I believe the Lammily Doll would help influence the lives of young woman and help boost their self-confidence.”