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Barbie Released 10 New Dolls To Make Black Girls Feel More Represented

When it comes to toys, every child wants to feel like they matter and that they have role models to look up to. It’s really no surprise that when playing with dolls or action figures, we prefer them to look like us, no matter our race, ethnicity, or background. It helps with immersion. It helps foster a sense of belonging.

In order to make black girls feel more represented, Barbie has created a line of 10 new dolls. And it just so happens to coincide with Black History Month which is celebrated each February in the United States.

Barbie’s parent company Mattel collaborated with talented costume designer Shiona Turini to create a new line of dolls with different skin tones, hairstyles, and even body types. In other words, Barbie dolls just got a whole lot more inclusive.

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Costume designer Shiona Turini partnered up with Barbie to create the new line of dolls

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The dolls have different hairstyles, skin tones, and body types

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According to the designer, this made her childhood dreams come true

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Designer Turini was over the Moon that Barbie approached her for this project. She noted that her “childhood dreams” came true.

“My vision was to style diverse dolls in bold looks with themes seen throughout my work, like contrasting snakeskin and leopard, challenging traditional uniformity. I grew up obsessed with Barbie and while she was one of my first fashion icons, I clearly remember searching shelves for a doll that looked like me and coming up empty-handed,” she wrote on Instagram.

Barbie recently brought back the very first black doll they made for its 40th anniversary

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What most inspired her was the very first black Barbie which was released in 1980. The doll wore a sparkling red dress and had an Afro. Mattel recently brought this doll back for its 40th anniversary.

Mattel has been becoming more and more inclusive over time. Recently, it released a gender-neutral doll, created the Barbie Wellness line, and created Judge Barbie.

Back in 2018, in time for International Women’s Day, Mattel unveiled a line of 17 dolls from diverse backgrounds to celebrate extraordinary women, aka ‘sheroes.’ Among the women that Barbie looks up to are Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo.

Some people shared their thoughts about Barbie dolls and inclusivity

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Barbie Celebrates Diversity By Creating Differently-Abled Dolls With Vitiligo And No Hair That Come In 35 Different Skin Tones

While most people probably still imagine Barbie as a tall, white doll with a slim figure and bright blonde hair, she’s not what she used to be. After being one of the most beloved toys for decades, the Barbie doll has evolved to reflect not only what kids see around them, but who they are themselves. To highlight the importance of diversity, Mattel has drastically expanded its Fashionistas line to include dolls of different sizes, colors, and abilities.

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Recently, Mattel expanded its diverse Fashionistas line by adding a Barbie doll with Vitiligo

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Recently, the company introduced a brand new doll with Vitiligo.

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After working with dermatologists, the company developed a doll that accurately portrays this condition which causes loss of skin color in blotches.

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To make the representation of different medical conditions even wider, the company also created a doll with no hair.

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Over the years, Mattel has been adding new, diverse dolls to its 5-year-old Fashionistas line. Currently, the line features a huge variety of 176 dolls.

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The company now offers dolls in 9 different body types which include curvy, petite, and tall.

The line now features dolls with 9 body types, 35 skin tones, and 94 hairstyles

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Mattel knows how important Barbie’s hair is, so now Barbies rock 94 hairstyles such as rainbow-colored hair, afro, short hair, and many others.

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What’s even more exciting, for the first time ever, Mattel introduced Ken with long hair.

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While barbie dolls were white for a very long time, Mattel has finally diversified its dolls by introducing 35 different skin tones.

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Mattel also included differently-abled Barbie dolls

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Differently-abled dolls can also be found in this line.

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Some of the Barbies now have prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs.

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“We are proud that Barbie is the most diverse doll line on the market that continues to evolve to better reflect the world girls see around them,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie and its dolls portfolio.

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As Mattel continues to grow in diversity, more and more kids around the world can see the real world reflected in their toys.

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