New look Barbie announced

January 29, 2016

The company that makes the popular Barbie doll has announced that the 2016 model will have three new body types.

The 2016 sizes will be normal, tall, curvey and petite.

Mattel, the company that makes the toy, also announced several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection.

Barbie’s figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it sets an unrealistic body image for girls.

Mattel believe the new changes “offering girls choices that are more reflective of the world they see today”.

With this year’s update, the Barbie Fashionistas line will feature:
33 new dolls
30 hair colours
24 hairstyles
22 eye colours
14 face shapes
7 skin tones
4 body shapes – original, plus tall, curvy and petite

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  1. momo

    June 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

    i don’t like barbie shes like i’m an astronaut and i didn’t have to work for it.

  2. eleanor

    April 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Thankgod they’re finally changing the barbies! It was stupid to have stick thin blonde barbies everywhere! The new ones look more realistic, I know I’d prefer one of those barbies than Mrs. Perfect!

  3. Alana

    March 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I think it’s good that they are changing the barbies. It will help girls feel better about themselves.

  4. barbie

    March 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    cool barbie im barbie to hahaha

  5. Reese

    February 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I agree

  6. Hayley

    February 10, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I really don’t like barbies, I think that they are over rated!!!!!

  7. Sofia Grace Portia Roberts

    February 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    i think barbies are getting a bit out of hand.
    this is way to crazy they should just stay as dolls.

  8. pippa

    February 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    i yos to play with barbies all the time!!!

  9. felicity40105

    February 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    barbies are fine as they are the barbie in the picture is ugly

  10. Emma Jane Bloomfield

    February 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The Barbies sizes were always the same and they got boring so its good for a change

  11. Emma

    February 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Wow I think this will be good for a change

  12. Georgia

    February 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Why the change,barbies are fine as they are they don’t need to make them more realestic.

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