Fashionista Barbie: Why Mattel Got It All Wrong

Jennifer Pitt | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Pitt

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.

Hijarbie Is Taking Over Instagram And We're So Excited About It

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Style

"Hijabifying [Barbie] will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact."

Mattel Unveils Three New Barbie Body Types

CP | Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business

The new Barbies will be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles.

The First Boy In A Barbie Ad Is 'So Fierce'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Style

Boys CAN play with dolls. Here's proof.

Barbie Gets A Glam Makeover From One Of The World's Top Makeup Artists

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Style

We're kind of jealous.

Your Devices Will Soon Be Listening to You

Kris Constable | Posted 06.25.2016 | Canada Business
Kris Constable

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.

Barbie Can Finally Step Out In Flats

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Style

After five decades of high-stepping through the world of fashion in heels, Barbie can finally switch it up.

How I Learned to Love Clutter

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Kaufield

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.

Why We Need Better Dark-Skinned Dolls

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

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.

As A Professional Model, I See The Importance Of 'Normal Barbie'

Ashley Diana Morris | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Diana Morris

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.

Don't Ban Bossy, Ban Barbie!

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

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.

Why Barbie Has Unrealistic Body Proportions

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Style

We're all well aware that the Barbie doll has unrealistic body proportions and creates controversy over what constitutes "beauty." The Yale Center ...

LOOK: Barbie Without Makeup

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Style

"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...

LOOK: An RCMP Barbie - Taser Not Included

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Alberta

Barbie looks positively arresting. Apparently all she needed all these decades was a pair of RCMP breeches to giver her that fuller look. The ubiqu...

Does 'Mexico Barbie' Reinforce Stereotypes?

Huffington Post Canada | Stefani Forster | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Style

Mattel's "Mexico Barbie" is stirring up controversy online, with critics claiming the doll reinforces negative stereotypes -- but is the Barbie bashin...

Barbie Is Selling Her Malibu Dreamhouse.. For $25 Million

The Huffington Post Canada | Stefani Forster | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Style

Little girls around the world rejoice: Barbie’s Dreamhouse is officially for sale. After spending 41 years in the iconic toy house in Malibu, Bar...

LOOK: Is This Drag Queen Barbie?

2 For Couples | Neil Morton | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Living

In what's being called the first "drag queen" Barbie, Mattel is releasing "The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll" created in collaboration with New Yor...

Barbie At Toronto Fashion Week: Iconic Doll Celebrates Her Birthday And Style Evolution In Toronto (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Style

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 Master...

What Is Beauty? -- Achtung!

Nicole Forrester | Posted 11.09.2011 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

I dream of a day where defining beauty isn't found in a Kim Kardashian reality television show, but rather as something seen as radiating from the inside out. I wonder what a beauty pageant like that would look like?