Curves Ahead! Barbie Unveils Three New Body Types and Seven Different Skin Colors
By Jackie Willis
Meet the tall, petite and curvy Barbie dolls!
In an effort to make a doll for every girl to identify with, Matel has released three new Barbie body types. The dolls also now feature seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and lots of trendy fashions and accessories.
"For more than 55 years, Barbie has remained a global, cultural icon and a source of inspiration and imagination to millions of girls around the world," Richard Dickson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mattel, said in a statement. "Barbie has reflected the world girls see around them. Her ability to evolve and grow with the times, while remaining true to her spirit, is central to why Barbie has remained the number one fashion doll in world."
The new Barbies seem to be a long time coming as the brand has faced criticism over the years for the original Barbie's unusual body type. If she was a real-life woman, the doll is said to be nearly six feet tall, weigh 100 pounds, have a 39-inch bust and a 19-inch waist.
A curvier Barbie is on the latest cover of Time magazine with the message: "Now can we all stop talking about my body?"
"Ultimately, haters are going to hate," Dickson told Time. "We want to make sure the Barbie lovers love us more -- and perhaps changing the people who are negative to neutral. That would be nice."
Actress Kirstie Alley did not seem too pleased with the release of the new toys, tweeting: "Are we seriously going to imply that BARBIE needs to be taken seriously? Jeez bring back 1965 where BARBIE just looked like freak."
The new dolls come after the successful release of Selma director Ava DuVernay and actress Zendaya-inspired Barbies. The former Disney Channel star was thrilled when Matel unveiled a new doll modeled after her infamous 2015 Oscars outfit and hairstyle, which that got Giuliana Rancic in hot water after the Fashion Police panelist said that the actress' dreadlockes made her look like she "smells like patchouli oil, or maybe weed."
"I'm honored because I didn't decide what look this Barbie was gonna have," Zendaya told ET. "Barbie actually took the initiative to make it something that was an important moment for me and I think a lot of people out in the world."