By Gwyneth Allred
Barbie has taken a lot of criticism on her unrealistic and sexist stigma, but she is taking it as constructive criticism and beginning this year has released some updates that are helping to boost women’s self-image and self-esteem by instilling them in young girls.
Some may have seen the different body types that the Barbie chain introduced earlier this year. The perfect figure and hair style of the Barbie of the past now has more diverse and colorful hair styles along with figures ranging from petite to curvy. And the best part is every new doll is just as beautiful as ever. They now have 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 24 hair styles in a plethora of colors.
Another upgrade is in the Career Barbie’s. We are all familiar with Chef Barbie, Teacher Barbie, and Doctor Barbie, but the company is turning with the times and introducing some new and empowering career dolls. This summer Barbie is releasing politician Barbies, including President and Vice President Barbies, and this year’s career doll is the Game Developer Barbie. What a way to promote ambition in girls!
During this evolution, Barbie’s company has been running based on the slogan: “You can be anything” and they have nailed it. The incredible choices in looks that girls now have when picking out a doll shows that you can look however you want and be beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are tall, petite, or curvy, it doesn’t matter what color your eyes are, and it doesn’t matter how or what color you style your hair.
Similarly, if girls take a look at Barbie’s resume and see all of the jobs she has had, this again proves that you can be anything. From President of the United States to stay-at-home mom, Barbie has done it all. Thank you for continuing to shape childhoods everywhere with a positive outlook of women!