The Barbie doll, after 57 years, has finally evolved to reflect a “broader view of beauty”. After its introduction of different skin tones and hair types last year, the new dolls now come in four body types, seven skin tones and 18 different eye colours. Mattel said the new range was designed to promote a healthy and realistic body image and to portray the diversity of the children playing with Barbie.
The curvy Barbie is what has got the people talking. Her original body is based off a German prostitute gag gift and sets unrealistic standards of what a woman’s ideal body shape is. A study published in 2006 proved that this affects young girls who play with the doll.