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I am not asking Mattel to raise my child with a healthy sense of self-esteem and value; it is my job to make sure of those things, and it is Mattel's job to sell toys - and with these dolls, I feel like those goals are aligning more than they ever did before, and I will continue to combat the body-negative messages sent to my daughter, because our daughters should be free to feel amazing about themselves, whether they fit into a mold or not.
"Hijabifying [Barbie] will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact."
The new Barbies will be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles.
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The year 2015 will be remembered, amongst other things, as the year your devices started listening and watching you. Until now, to have your device listen to you, it usually required you actively interact with the device, such as pressing a listen or record button, for it to engage.
After five decades of high-stepping through the world of fashion in heels, Barbie can finally switch it up.
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When my daughters were younger and we lived in a smaller house, I dreamed of having a playroom in the basement so I could shut the door, ignore the mess and minimize the noise. When we moved to a new house, I was ecstatic when we dumped the toys in the playroom. Problem was, our girls did not want to play downstairs.
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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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I have, in some ways, been very fortunate from a physical point of view with being given a body and face that society has deemed pretty enough to model professionally, but I still have zits and stretch marks and moles and insecurities.
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Theoretically, I understand how calling a little girl bossy could possibly deflate her willingness to speak up, however how much does this actually play out in reality? (Because in general, bossy people don't like being told what to do!) More importantly, I see a much bigger culprit against women's leadership flourishing amongst us, the other B-word -- Barbie.
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...
"Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Mattel." Barbie has had image problems for quite a while; from criticisms that the toy creates an unrealistic ideal body shape for women to accusations that the p...
Barbie looks positively arresting. Apparently all she needed all these decades was a pair of RCMP breeches to giver her that fuller look. The ubiquitous doll has joined forces with Canada's iconic pol...