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.

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.

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.

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.

Canadian Artist Fights Mattel's American Girl Over Name

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Canadian artist is being forced to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend her trademarked name against Mattel, one of the world's bigges...

Mega Brands Company Sold

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Toy shoppers could face more choices in coming years as a result of Mattel's US$460-million friendly takeover of Canadian toymaker Mega Br...

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...

SavvyMom Roundup: Stop and Scan Holiday Shopping Is Here

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's safe to say that the virtual pop-up store is the latest and greatest. It's no wonder that with the holidays approaching Mattel and Walmart have come together to launch the first one for commuters in Toronto. The virtual toy store will run for four weeks and will provide the ultimate ease in shopping by providing images of toys and a UPC code to scan for purchase. Then the commuter/shopper goes home and waits for the delivery.

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...

Kevin O'Leary Has Us Under (Remote) Control

Gerald McEachern | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Business
Gerald McEachern

Kevin O'Leary is no rebel or outsider operating at the edges of society. He, in fact, operates at the top, much as a parasite does on its host. Does that make O'Leary a bad man? Not if we see him as merely a symptom of who we are -- a nation entranced by reality TV. The problem is, with a daily media diet of this kind of tripe, we and our society overlook the real issues.

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?