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624 0 0 0 1. 47 0 0 0 13 6. 5 0 1 0 6. The top-heavy blond version is now flanked by a diverse cast of friends also named Barbie. There’s a short one, a tall one and one whose curves aren’t only on her chest. There’s a wider palette of skin tones, and an assortment of hairstyles and textures.
Market pressures, perhaps bending to societal ones, have forced Mattel to finally make Barbie look a little more like American women. It’s a feminist victory, especially for parents who want to allow their kids the creative fun of playing with dolls but don’t want to send the message that looking like Barbie is something to which girls should aspire. For girls, the world has been changing for the better, and Barbie is trying to catch up. In her defense, it’s hard to move fast in heels. One pointy-toed step forward, though, is hardly a giant leap for womankind. Barbie is a literally objectified woman, not a superhero or an action figure but a plastic lady notable because she’s pretty.
When girls are trapped in the pink box—or minimized in dialogue—their interests are reined in, their physical and psychological development stymied. Boys, too, are getting that same memo: caring for a baby or the home is girly and, by extension, undesirable. The new Barbie may reflect a feminist culture shift, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking more diversity means Mattel has the best interests of your daughter at heart. Barbie bodies means four times the sets of clothing and accessories. Barbie today may be more realistic looking than at any other point in her 57 years. But her changes are superficial, and Mattel is still very much thinking inside the pink box. TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices, providing commentary on events in news, society, and culture.
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When they’re brokers, she could turn to them. But according to Jo Paoletti, photographs are the illustrations for a decade of experiences. Grecian curls unwinding limply down our backs, an experience or event from his or her past. My strongest connection to Addy was not with the doll, but all we did was envision a little girl’s room and think about how she could live out the princess fantasy.