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Barbie has often been criticised for unrealistic body images, but they are starting to make a difference. Starting today Mattel sells ‘tall’, ‘petite’ and ‘curvy’ dolls, not only showing girls that they can have any career they want, from scientist to designer to president to chef, but also that they can have any body they want.

Positive body image is so important. If you teach young girls from the start that they need to be as skinny as they can be, what kind of problems will they face when they are older? Not to mention the bullying that negative body images can lead to.

I also really love what Mattel has written on the official Barbie website:

This is just the beginning. From offering products that feature more empowering and imaginative roles to partnering with best in class role models, we believe in girls and their limitless potential. #YouCanBeAnything

I really hope that Barbie continues to evolve and teach girls that they indeed can be anything they want to be.

Michelle is an 18-year old book and writing blogger who blogs at The Writing Hufflepuff, where she also talks about personal things and other interests. You can also tweet her at @writingbadger.


5 thoughts on “#TheDollEvolves

  1. Luna says:

    I’m glad such a huge company is finally taking the first steps towards change! As well as the inclusion of a little boy in one of their ads! Hopefully in the future they will continue to evolve. 🙂

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  2. keelin7 says:

    That is a great improvement. I grew up without this, and many times felt myself questioning my ability to do things just because I “wasn’t the right size”. It’s good to know that from now on our children will grow up without as much of a worry about body shape or size

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