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Barbie Launches An All Inclusive Line Of Dolls For Everyone

Life in plastic is even more fantastic!

Barbie is the iconic toy of our childhoods; the once blue eyed, blonde-haired, perfectly formed doll has been everything young girls looked up to since she first appeared in 1959.

However, as time has gone on, it's become apparent that Barbie, as she originally was, wasn’t an icon many young girls could relate to.

Now, she takes on a new appearance, as Barbie has been embarking on a journey of inclusivity and the brand’s new “Fashionista” collection has just released 6 new dolls that are a far cry from the blonde super-model-esque doll we are all used to seeing.

Announcing the new dolls that represent inclusivity, Barbie’s Instagram page posted a picture of the new dolls with the caption, “What makes us different makes us beautiful!”

The new collection features a doll with no hair and one with vitiligo, and more inclusive hints. The forward-thinking brand plans to introduce more “hairstyles, skin tones, and body types” to earn the title of “most diverse doll line” in the world.

People were thrilled about the launch of dolls like the Barbie with vitiligo; when an image of the forthcoming doll dropped on social media, it became one of the brand’s most liked pictures to date.

The toy manufacturing company behind Barbie, Mattel has launched over 170 different types of Barbie in previous years – including versions with prosthetic limbs, which was in collaboration with young activist, Jordan Reeves, in a bid to encourage “a multidimensional view of beauty,” and a plus-sized Barbie modeled on body positivity Ashley Graham.

In 2018, Barbie came in the form of Ibtihaj Mohammed, the hijabi Olympic gold medalist, who made American history as the first woman to compete in the Olympic Games in a hijab. The doll was also a part of the Barbie Shero Program, which came as part of the doll’s 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day. Other trailblazing women who were immortalized as Barbie included model Adwoa Aboah, Iranian designer Leyla Piedayesh, actress Yara Shahidi, film director Ava DuVernay, Frida Kahlo, and American ballerina Misty Copeland.

Mattel understands that beauty ideals are ever evolving and that the toys young children are playing with should totally mirror this, and we're here for it!

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