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After five decades of high-stepping through the world of fashion in heels, Barbie can finally switch it up.
Both American and Canadian media have showcased the new wave of ethnic Barbie-sized dolls. The culturally-attuned figurines fill the gaping void in a transforming consumer base. Dark-skinned dolls with Aryan noses, Elizabethan hips, and Caucasian hair fail to capture the magic that Barbie has brought to little white girls for over 50 years.
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If "beauty" comes to mean "whatever you are," the term will lose all meaning. Such a definitional creep will result in new terms being deployed to evaluate physical appearance, and the problem would remain -- semantically different, yet essentially the same.
We're all well aware that the Barbie doll has unrealistic body proportions and creates controversy over what constitutes "beauty." The Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders found that to be like...
Mattel's "Mexico Barbie" is stirring up controversy online, with critics claiming the doll reinforces negative stereotypes -- but is the Barbie bashing justified? The doll is part of Barbie's "Dolls O...
In what's being called the first "drag queen" Barbie, Mattel is releasing "The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll" created in collaboration with New York-based fashion designer/cross-dresser Phillipe Bl...
Fresh off of throwing a party for fashionistas at New York Fashion Week, Barbie has arrived in Toronto to take in the sites and sounds of World MasterCard Fashion Week. Not only that, she's welcoming...