For at least a generation, Barbie has been a controversial figure. Mattel wants to emphasize her independence and her range of careers, but most people who look at her just see a body. Traditionally, a body with huge breasts, a very narrow waist, and feet that can only wear high heels. A body that is available in a brown version, but that everyone knows is meant to be white.
Mattel is now trying something bigger and newer with Barbie. The company has introducing three new body types; in addition to Original Barbie, she now comes in Curvy, Petite, and Tall. Mattel had already been working on being more inclusive of skin colors and hair types, so those factors combine with these new bodies to create a far wider variety of Barbie possibilities.
After 56 years of wearing heels, Barbie® finally got new shoes! I hate wearing heels for an evening, I couldn't imagine wearing them for 56 years, all day every day. So it's only time that Barbie kicks off those heels and finally trade the stilettos for some comfy flats...
And just in time for Valentine's Day! They announced yesterday that they would be getting back together after letting the nation vote.
In fact, they're even slated to make it "Facebook official".
They met in 1961 and formed a decades long courtship. Then, in 2004, Barbie and Ken decided to take some time apart, and Barbie stated dating Australian surfer doll Blaine.
Now Mattel is using the web, Facebook and Twitter to let America decide if Barbie and Ken should get back together...