Barbie has finally evolved + a few words to Kirstie Alley

Thursday, January 28, 2016
GUYS,

I am so unbelievably excited about this. The child in me and the adult in me are cheering on Barbie, as it has recently revealed that it has incorporated three new body types into its line!

Photo courtesy of health.com
After nearly six decades of creating thin, out-of-proportion dolls with tiny waists, round hips and the infamous thigh-gap, Mattel has decided to add three new body types to its line: petite, tall and curvy.
Let me quickly tell you all why this is amazing.

First of all, the new dolls are cute as hell.

Secondly, these dolls not only provide something new to collect, they also provide a sense of individuality and confidence for young girls everywhere. I'm not going to get into statistics to prove anything, but children are often left with body positivity issues because of the extreme beauty standards set forth by the media today. These dolls are not the answer to that problem (unfortunately), but being able to play with barbies of all races and body types allows kids to understand, simply, that being different is A-OK! 

Want blue highlights as a pre-teen? I say go for it. Want to wear patent leather peplum tops with pencil skirts, but are a size XXL? Go for it! These Barbies are!

The Mattel website states: 
By introducing more variety into the line, Barbie® is offering girls choices that are better reflective of the world they see today. The new 2016 Barbie® Fashionistas® collection includes 4 body types, 7 skin tones, 18 eye colors, 18 hairstyles, and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.
That's right. Not only does the line include the tall, petite and curvy categories, it also offers the "original" line, too. It also includes tons of skin tones, eye colors and hairstyles, ranging from a shaved head to split-dyed do's and colorful highlights.

This isn't "obesity promotion." This isn't a stance against skinny gals. This is Barbie's way of saying that, hey, nobody's perfect and we're all different, and that's just fine.

As there is ALWAYS a Negative Nancy in the world, Kirstie Alley (ugh) stated that she didn't like this new line:


Really, Kirstie? Let me tell you something, Kirstie:

As someone who EVERYONE knows struggles with weight, this should excite you more than anyone. Yeah, maybe the 1960's disproportionate Barbie did look like a freak, but do you think that little girls look at them and think, "LOL ew, this skinny, beautiful Barbie is such a freak. I'm glad I have regular, human proportions."? No, they don't, because they don't understand it. They are young girls. A lot of young girls grow up thinking races other than their own are bad. They grow up thinking that, even if slightly overweight, they are also ugly, lazy and uncaring. They think that people who shave their heads and dye their hair are weirdos. These are the stereotypes set by YOUR generation that have been passed down to our kids. These Barbies tell those little girls that any and all people should be accepted into our society. These Barbies tell girls that they don't have to look a certain way to be accepted. 

As someone who struggles with weight (I always have, but my PCOS has made it worse), this really hits home. I've always been on the obesity spectrum, even when I really wasn't very overweight.


Even when I looked like this, I was still called fat. Growing up, I was constantly made fun of for my weight by both boys and girls. I was discriminated against. I cried when I was 13 because I didn't like the way I looked in a dress for my cousin's wedding. I was fucking 13. That's not right. I'd learned to embrace my looks in high school and college, but there was always a part of me that was extremely insecure. So, yes, in MY opinion, these Barbies are a step in the right direction. Maybe young girls will begin to learn that all body types are beautiful. Maybe they won't make fun of each other as much. Maybe they'll learn to love each other, regardless of race, size or anything else.

Some Barbies from this line are available now, with shipping as early as Feb. 5. I'm soo excited to pick up a doll for Abigail and a doll for myself. 

What do you guys think about this new Barbie line? Leave a message in the comments! 



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