Fifty-seven years after she first hit the shelves, Barbie has finally grown up. After years of being scrutinized for unachievable beauty standards that Barbie dolls set for young girls, it is time for a change. While some speculate that this is the result of pressure from society and competitors, regardless of the reason, it’s refreshing to see tall, slim, and curvy Barbies who come in 7 different skin colors. And so finally, Mattel is celebrating the different body types with its realistic dolls. Long overdue, if you ask us!
The secret project to change Barbie’s image was code-named Project Dawn, and only 20 people knew of the plan to create more life-like dolls. The first new realistic Barbies will hit the shelves today, January 28th, and Mattel will be observing to see what happens. Do you think these dols represent a realistic body image?