Like every girl who has ever played with the most popular toy in history, I yank her clothes off and try to put on a new dress. I try to tug it over her head, but the waistline gets stuck at her shoulders, her blond mane peeking out from the neckline. No good. Her plump bottom gets stuck in the same spot. Yes, plump. Barbie is more than just a doll.
'Most Diverse' Barbies Ever Will Include Dolls with Prosthetics, Vitiligo and No Hair
Barbie's new line includes a doll with vitiligo
On Tuesday, Mattel launched a new Barbie doll with the condition vitiligo , which causes pigmentation loss in the skin, as well as the first ever Ken doll in the line to have long, rooted hair. Two more dolls, one without hair and another with a darker skin tone and gold prosthetic limb, will be available in June. These dolls are part of Barbie's releases for its Fashionistas line , which, over the past five years, has introduced more than looks showcasing different identities around the world in hopes of representing global diversity and inclusivity, according to a press release from Mattel. To create the doll with vitiligo, Barbie worked with a dermatologist to ensure the condition was accurately portrayed. The hairless doll helps girls who may be experiencing hair loss for any reason see themselves reflected in the line, according to the press release.
Learn how and when to remove this template message The first Barbie doll was introduced in both blonde and brunette in March Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children's toy dolls were representations of infants. Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot , a co-founder of the Mattel toy company.
Pink-obsessed 'Barbie' found her dream house Barbie is evolving to keep up with the times by introducing two new doll collections: the Barbie Fashionistas line and the Barbie Wellness collection. Children of all sizes, colors and abilities will be able to see themselves and relate to the popular toy, Mattel announced this week. The Barbie Fashionistas will have dolls — both male and female — with nine different body types, 35 skin tones and 94 hairstyles. Barbies will now be available in curvy, petite and tall dolls, while Ken dolls will have narrow features and more broad shoulders, according to People.