The doll world is about to change: This year Barbie has an upgraded wardrobe and new curves.
On January 28th, Barbie, redesigned with three new body types, hit the online market. Generations of girls have grown up knowing Original Barbie: the slim, hour-glass, and blue-eyed beauty, who has made appearances in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.
The toy industry just isn’t the same as it was 56 years ago when Barbie was first released. Barbie was a hit then. She originated as a replacement for baby dolls and paper dolls, inspiration taken from a German doll intended for grown men rather than children. These dolls were called Bild Lilli–Bild the German for “image,” which is exactly what Barbie has become in America.
Barbie has been icon of an ideal, painful beauty, and though her body type is unrealistic, women in the media continue to promote her thin figure.
“The toy industry just isn’t the same as it was 56 years ago when Barbie was first released.”
The average man and woman are conditioned to glamorize thin, but shame fat in their daily lives.
Make-ups are familiar to Barbie. She’s been a follower of global fashion trends since 1980. In 2002, Barbie was pregnant and recalled from store shelves. Barbie believes in experimentalism. The big question she faces isn’t what color to dye her hair, but how her body’s statement will go down in history.