Because diversity is important, Mattel has just announced that Barbie dolls will now come in three new body types: curvy, petite, and tall. Unfortunately, they did not take my advice and add a Voltron body type to the lineup. You just lost yourself a sale, Mattel.
"We have to let girls know it doesn't matter what shape you come in, that anything is possible," Tania Missad, director of consumer insights for the doll line, said in a video on the Barbie brand website.
According to Mattel, Barbie will now come in four body types and seven skin tones, with 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. In all, 33 dolls will roll out in stages, spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said.
The move comes a year after Mattel introduced Barbies with moveable ankles that would allow the dolls to wear flat shoes for the first time.
I never owned a Barbie growing up, but my best friend and I spent countless hours tearing his little sister's Barbie heads off and hiding them. We would also give them haircuts. And by give them haircuts I mean shave them bald and Sharpie their faces. Still, even with all the tormenting, his sister turned out just fine. Where is she now anyways? "Mental institution." Oh boy.
Thanks to Rana, who agrees they should make Barbie dolls with one leg significantly longer than the other because that is a real thing I had to deal with and I felt so isolated.