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Barbie Got a Major Makeover: Curvy and Petite Dolls Now Available!

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Big Pro Diversity & Pro Body-Positivity News: The forever-skinny Barbie doll got a major makeover! The newest 2016 Barbie® Fashionistas® collection features 4 different body shapes and sizes (petite, tall, original and curvy), 7 skincolors, 22 eye colors and even dolls that come in different heights. Here’s what the brand says abut the change:

“We are pleased to extend the collection with these new dolls. The variety of different body types, lengths, skin colors and fashion styles, gives the girls the possibility to chose a doll they feel attracted to We believen we are responsible to show young girl and parents more diversity of beauty”

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What do you think about Barbie’s makeover? Great news or… a little too late?

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a
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I think it’s awesome that there’s a gillion more of these, but in my mind they arent barbies. Barbie is that blonde chick to me and that’s it. Also, I never felt bad about my body becuase of barbie cause I always knew she was an effing doll. I didn’t think anything about it until people started complaining

gg
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barbie is essentially an ideal, like when a kid wants to be president or an astronaut, those are all fantasies, but they belong in childhood and they should be experienced by children, as there is nothing but suffering once they leave childhood(barring delusional thinking and blind optimism). the fat bodies want to sink their ideological claws into the impressionable, and lay waste to the innocence of childhood. this is indoctrination for body acceptance.

Annie
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Annie

I think you might want to see a psychologist. First of all, the curvy Barbie is by no means fat. Of course she looks bigger next to the original model but it’s just like putting an average person next to someone severly anorexic. Second of all, if this is “indoctrination”, so is the original Barbie with her unrealistic proportions.

Agatha
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Agatha

We failed ignoring the troll, we were doing so good on the latest posts, :/ lol.

a
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yeah gg is extremely racsit and sexist

jjj2
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jjj2
I don’t think that is a raciest or sexist comment. Barbie is a white thin blonde doll. She is an imaginary character that young girls play with. That is what she is, that is what she always has been. There have been other dolls introduced such as Ken, Stacie, and other dolls, but Barbie is a white thin blonde doll. It is fine to introduce new Dolls, but don’t change what Barbie is to be politically correct. Additionally Mattel needs to be careful here as they might try to push the ‘fat barbie’ as it’s being called to make overweight… Read more »
deranged
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deranged

I agree with you but I do wonder to which extension representation matters. I mean, I developed anorexia at 12 but it was because they insulted me at school. I do wonder though, if subconsciously dolls have an impact too. We think we’re so free from prejudices and are ruled by reason, when actually it’s quite far from truth, unfortunately.

a
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I actually developed bulimia(purging and excercised a ton, had a great body from it but couldnt see how f-ed up my mind was and how I wasnt seeing my body for what it was) around 14 too, but it wasnt because of Barbies. It was becuase I thought I was supposed to look like the gossip girl/vampire diaries people, etc etc. It wasn’t even because of how good looking they were either, I guess i didnt realize they were grow-ass people instead of the 16 year olds I thought they were.

deranged
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deranged
In that case you’re admitting that representation does matter, whether it’s a plastic doll or a fictional character. During those years there are lots of changes that happen in short amounts of time and of course what you admire when you’re eleven isn’t the same as when you’re fourteen. But that pressure from that apparently harmless fantasy is there, whether it acquires a doll or a tv-girl form. I don’t understand the correlation between being actually older (they weren’t the age they represented) and looking waif-like or thin/fabulous. If they were really older and maintained that image it does nothing… Read more »
a
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Sorry, I didn’t explain it well. I meant like at 13 our bodies aren’t fully developed, ya mean? Like I didn’t have the curves I do now (“woman” hips etc etc)

deranged
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deranged

In that case we wanted ti achieve completely opposite things. I wanted to be skinny, shapeless, as tiny as possible. You wanted a hot body it seems. Not even when I was 18 I wanted a hot body. So, there you go, we would be treated equally, “people with eating disorder” but our problems have not much in common. The thought of being a woman was shameful to me.

a
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geez lady 🙁

Sheri
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Sheri

I agree with you. I was obsessed with Barbies when I was younger, but I didn’t ever notice her size or proportions. And I certainly never compared my or any other person’s body to hers.
I played with her like I would any other toy.
I think it is only adults who have a problem with her, kids don’t care.

Agatha
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Agatha

You would be surprised to know the amount of people p i s s e d off by these new models and the “era of political correctness”. I think that speaks more about how close minded they are.

I think it’s great that they have these new models. More options!

Agatha
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Agatha

Btw, when I was a kid I didn’t have a problem feeling represented by Barbie, but as soon as Bratz came out, I loved the brunette ones (I’m a brunette latina). The clothes were so much cooler than Barbie’s too. So I think a lot of kids will appreciate the variety.

anna
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anna
yeah, It’s fun as a kid to be able to choose from different kinds of dolls, my friends and I all had American girl dolls and you could get one that looked like you, or one of the characters from the historical fiction books.. it was really fun that they all looked different and had different coloring/ethnicity! I had some different looking barbies too, including a black one, and it was fun to dress them all differently and stuff… at the age I was playing with dolls body image and beauty was not on my mind.. that wasn’t until much,… Read more »
chris
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chris

Im not a fan of pc, but I don’t think this is a problem. At least there is no obese doll. I don’t think little girls even notice this though, its more for the adults.

gg
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political correctness is just a new form of bigotry. no one is pissed off. more likely they’re just disgusted by the blindness and idiocy of the whole thing.

Agatha
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Agatha

They still sell the regular Barbie. This is just a new line. They also added action figures (superheroes), which is cool, IMO.
I don’t think adding different models is PC nor bigotry. And you do sound pissed, judging by your other comments.

Annie
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Annie

I think it’s a great move, especially in terms of having dolls with ethnic diversity!

HB
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I agree! It’s neat. I always loved playing barbies growing up because you could create endless stories, but it’s nice that it’s no longer just the blond and the slightly brownish version of her with black hair.

That said, the classic blond one will always be Barbie the character, and the rest will be her friends.

lc
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This is *the* dumbest thing I have ever heard. Not the different ethnicities, but the heights, weights, etc. That’s not Barbie. She is a tall thin blonde. It’s a doll, people. If someone’s self-esteem is so freaking fragile it can be shattered by an effing doll, then they have bigger problems.

Zoe
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Yeah, I agree 100%. I think the new dolls are more like a ‘Barbie and friends’ range than a variation of ‘Barbies’. I find it sad that apparently so many parents were bothered by the original doll that Mattel felt the need to bow to the pressure. The fact that anyone would draw a connection between girls’ and women’s poor self-image and a plastic doll is bizarre to me, because after all, previous generations of women have grown up playing with it and are getting along just fine. The current generation of young women don’t need a plastic doll to… Read more »
Hannah
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Hannah

Their narcissistic obsession with selfies comes from a society that values women’s looks over anything else, and that includes Barbie.

Lia
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I disagree regarding your last sentence, because Barbie is aimed at little girls ages 2 – 6…not the tween/teen girls who are obsessed with taking selfies and glamorizing the Kardashians.

Zoe.
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Zoe.
Yeah, I’m aware of the target market, but the point is people often criticise Barbie, claiming that her unrealistic proportions mean that little girls grow up to be young women with poor body image. Let’s say for a second that’s the case (which I personally don’t believe it is), the little girls grow out of the Barbie age bracket and soon find a different figure to idolise, which will more than likely be celebrities who are celebrated in the media, whether that’s the likes of the Kardashians or teen idols. The amount of photoshop used in images of these celebrities… Read more »
anna
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anna

Agree with your last paragraph regarding the body image issues. I think the bigger deal is having different races represented as doll “ideals” – ie you don’t have to be white and blond to be pretty. To me, that’s the really important and more influential message here, because internalized racism does begin occurring at a very young age. I really don’t think little girls think their body shapes should look like barbie though…. at such a young age, if they are thinking about body image it probably says more about the messages their mother is sending them than anything else…

lc
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LOL, Kylie is more plastic than Barbie. Yes, I agree though, I mean, I never felt the need for my Barbie to represent me. Just never occurred to me. It’s bizarre to me as well that there are people who do…

Sarah
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Sarah

“If someone’s self-esteem is so freaking fragile it can be shattered by an effing doll, then they have bigger problems” Ummm, you do realize that mainly kids play with them? I do believe that unconciously kids can be affected by such little things. The same goes for the gender roles in general that are presented to children growing up.

lc
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Umm, yes I realize that mainly kids play with them. That’s my POINT. I never once thought about, “Gee, Barbie has a 22″ waist, impossibly long legs, etc etc, why don’t I look like Barbie!??! Waaahhh!”. Never. I don’t really think kids think like that, and if they do, like I said, their problems are much bigger than that. To add, it’s adults that seem to have the problem, they are the ones making the big deal when there really isn’t one, it seems.

Soph
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Soph

So that’s your experience LC good for you. Some people might just like to be able to buy a doll that doesn’t look like a victoria secret model for their child. Big deal… their choice.

YoungHearts
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YoungHearts

Preach it lc!

lc
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Thanks. Yeah sorry but, this is ridiculous to me.

Sun
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Ditto. I played with Barbie as a little kid and I thought she was pretty. That’s about it.
If anything, she made me want long blonde hair more than her figure.

Jason Downs
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Jason Downs

This is ridiculous.

OfCourseTheyreReal
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OfCourseTheyreReal

Wow, and I was fully expecting a bunch of curve-free apple shapes in the name of making the bodies fluffier. Nope, still plenty of curves here! These bodies actually still look sexy.

Reaganlo
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Reaganlo

People get way too offended these days. Barbie is a certain look. No need to change her to look like everyone else. Im short and have small b~~~~. I’m not offended that Barbie doesn’t represent me.

gg
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lets get rid of standards all together. what a silly concept. maybe they’ll make obese gomer pyle gi joe dolls next. i know what is going to happen. some probably obese parent is going to buy their obese child the larger version of the doll and tell her that it’s alright to keep taking in processed sugars and load up on calories. the whole body acceptance thing is sickening. the plebeians need to stop forcing their mediocrity on the rest of the world.

angry_bird
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angry_bird

This is ridiculous. I feel sorry for Mattel that they had to do this to please some insecure, crazy people. It’s just a doll. Why barbie?There are many dolls that have unrealistic proportions, not only in the body, but also in the face, like enormous eyes etc… I think it’s so stupid. People are offended by everything these days. There are much more important issues in the world, than a plastic doll’s proportions

Hannah
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Hannah

Too late. They’re doing this because sales are falling. Kids prefer iPads over dolls.

Thai
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Thai

I don’t know how many of you PLAY with dolls, but ALL of my nanny kids LOVED seeing the new Barbies. (I have multiple families). They were excited because now they don’t have to alter their current Barbies anymore to make them look how they want. Even the boys thought it was cool because some of the new Barbies “Look kinda like (my) sister and mom”.

The “ideal” Barbie has changed because Bratz, Monster High, and American Girl dolls changed the market. Barbie had to change too to stay relevant. It’s NOT PC. Get over yourselves.

anna
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anna
Not only has the market changed, but our society has too.. in the 1950’s, American was so much more “white” than it is today in terms of demographics and which groups had the power.. a white doll would be what everyone wanted. Nowadays so many communities are so much more diverse at all levels of society, people no longer hold white ideals above all else (well some do but it is slowly changing I like to think), it makes sense to have different colors and ethnicities, it’s more fun that way anyways! I don’t care as much about the height… Read more »
Hannah
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Hannah

Kids are like sponges. We are affected by things especially in childhood in ways we can’t even measure. So I can’t really understand why people are actually getting defensive here. How is diversity ever a bad thing?

ShouldaWouldaCouldabeenVSangel
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ShouldaWouldaCouldabeenVSangel

I really never was bothered by barbie (size, height or skin tine) but if it makes other people feel happy then so be it.

Veronique
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Veronique

Hmm, I certainly don’t see how this is a bad move, or something to become enraged over. The curvy barbie isn’t like, Tess Holliday in doll form or something! She’s just more “normal”. I remember, as a little girl, preferring to play with the brunette version of Barbie (I think she was called Theresa) because she looked more like me. So I can see how having more “normal” looking Barbies would help the self-esteem of girls.

Raachel
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Raachel

I don’t really get why a Toy should represent a human… I mean, yes I get it for the skin color but that’s it… I think that toys dont affect that much at a young age… I’m white and my first ever doll was a black skin baby and I never really notice the skin color as a kid. I think it is more what we see as teen. like super models…

KC
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Personally, I’ve always wanted to look like a Cabbage Patch doll.

YoungHearts
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YoungHearts

Another day another business trying to appease the butthurt crowd.

lc
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Lol, my take exactly. Just being PC.

HB
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I would say, being PC and trying to make more money off the PC crowd. It always comes down to money with big companies. I’m not saying that takes away the merits of what they’ve done. VS, for example, realized there was more money in fitness wear at this stage so they really started pushing that and spending time talking about how strong and healthy their train like angels are. Secondary effect: maybe people will work out more. Primary effect: more money for VS. Here, more acceptable looks to kids is secondary. More money for Mattel: primary.

Agatha
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Agatha

IMO, the haters of the new models are the actual butthurt 😛

steph
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steph

I visited a small village in the dominican Republic with my friends and the little girls in the neighbourhood referred to us as “barbies” (in spanish of course), but were a pretty racially diverse group. They called us barbies I think because we were older women who looked pretty, just like a barbie. My point is, that Barbie represents so much more than a “thin blond doll.” Universally, Barbie refers to any plastic doll given to young girls. I’m just glad that the doll has more variety because inclusion of minorities has always been an issue in the media

YoungHearts
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YoungHearts
The problem with political correctness, and in this case no less, is that you’re essentially never going to satisfy every single person. In theory, having these “Barbie” dolls of different shapes and sizes seems like a great idea to a lot of people, but there’s always going to be certain people who will say something along the lines of, “Why aren’t there any with moles? People have moles!” or “Why don’t they make one that looks more Korean?” It’s a vicious circle. There was never really a problem with the original tall and slim Barbie doll. That’s what made her… Read more »
Agatha
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Agatha
“Back in the day”, exactly, these are different days and like somebody else said, the 50’s were a much, much, whiter days for the USA. You didn’t see people complaining about Barbie and you didn’t see whites and blacks dinning out together either. You can’t equate both eras. At the end of the day, it all comes down to money, and the Barbie of the 50’s isn’t as successful if you put her in 2016. These dolls are “barbies” because they belong to that brand, but “Barbie”, the character, is still the white slim chick. So what if they add… Read more »
YoungHearts
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YoungHearts

Who’s getting offended? Oh right, you. You seem to keep singling me out on this site and I haven’t the slightest inkling as to why, but I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say you’re not a troll, just someone who is very passionate about countering every opinion that goes against your own.

Agatha
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Agatha

Honestly, I didn’t realize if I commented in another comment of yours. Sorry if I made you feel singled out.

And no, I’m not a troll, I’m expressing my opinion just as you’re expressing yours. The comments and debates are part of this site.

aaa
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Not necessarily directed at YoungHearts but generally speaking, people calling this kind of thing “PC” stinks of subconscious racism to me… so it’s ok for Barbie to uphold only white-centric beauty ideals because that is “other-worldly” and “special”? It sounds like y’all think that white blonde skinny Barbie actually IS better than any of the new ones, since Barbie is supposed to be an ideal, you think it’s ok for that ideal to represent whiteness only.. dolls that are supposed to be perfect and pretty can’t be brown because that makes them not as special anymore?? I’m not saying anyone… Read more »
Agatha
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Agatha

Agree with you completely. I’m actually surprised to see the “PC” comments on this site.

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