Barbie Is Now Empowering Women & Promoting Diversity
Once upon a time, Barbie was known to be white, tall and blonde. Well, that’s now changing. In honor of International Women’s Day, the Barbie creators decided to release a trio of diverse dolls inspired by powerful women.
The dolls were modeled after Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician, Frida Kahlo a Mexican artist and Amelia Earheart, an American pilot. This new series is known as the Inspiring Women collection, and is part of the company’s effort to help young girls become more aware of the brave and courageous women in history.
In the box of each doll. the real women’s story will be included. Barbie is aiming to be a brand that inspires women to feel as though their potential is limitless, with the belief that you can’t be what you can’t see.
The original toy lacked diversity in many senses, including cultural backgrounds, skin tones and body sizes. Mattel has been getting criticism for years on the unrealistic standards it sets for young girls.
For this very reason, Mattel has also released another line of girls with more realistic body types and with various skin tones, called You Can Be Anything, will tall, curvy and petite dolls, as well as with seven different skin tones.
Maybe these young girls with one of these newly empowered barbie dolls will grow up and have a doll made in their honor.