For decades, parents have criticized Barbie for her unrealistic representation of female body shapes – in fact, experts have calculated that if she were a real woman, she would stand at 6-feet tall, weigh a ridiculous 100 pounds, have a huge 39-inch bust and a tiny 19-inch waist. Despite this, since 1959, Barbie has been set on a pedestal as the ideal role model for all youngsters.
Finally though, it appears that the company is ready to listen to our pleas for a more realistic doll after long-standing global criticism.
According to Mattel's website, three new models will be available from today and will hit stores in the near future. In an effort to more accurately represent female bodies, Barbie will now also come in tall, curvy and petite shapes! Here's the official announcement:
"Changes at a huge corporation take time"
Although the exact proportions haven't been disclosed, Mattel hopes that for now this will waft away some of the criticism. According to Evelyn Mazzocco, the woman in charge of the Barbie brand:
"Some people will say we are late to the game. But changes at a huge corporation take time."
Agreed, for now this is a step in the right direction! Keep up the good work Mattel!