This has been going on for a few weeks, but I am Lategrid so only now do I shed my light on the hot topic at hand. Which is how you can see I write posts because I find these topics interesting, not for the hits. Which is probably why I am not chilling in a beach house in Miami right now. Anyway, I digress because today I am going to talk about curvy Barbie.
You all know Barbie right? I mean, who doesn’t. My mother was desperate for me to play with Barbie dolls. I had quite a few and even a pink Barbie convertible and I despised all of them. All except one. Gymnastics Barbie was my favourite but that was only because she was flexible enough for me to pull her legs in impossible positions. I was never a doll person. I wanted a Baby Born for Christmas only because all my cousins got one. After playing with it for an hour I tossed it away. I guess even at that age I missed the maternal instincts that some girls seem to have. I prefered to play with toys found in Kinder eggs or Happy Meals. Or anything that resembled animals.
But enough about my doll stories, because Barbie is no longer just the tall and impossible skinny beauty we’ve all come to love and despise at the same time. Which is bad news for these real life barbies because now it is totally cool to be short and curvy. At last Mattel, the producer of Barbie, has heard our prayers and released a version of Barbie that most girls can identify with. Which is great news for girls all around the world who thought they had to live up to the image of Barbie. Which was never me. I just tried to murder every Barbie that came near me. Apparently I was not the only one. But enough about that.
I think that it is a good thing that there is change and of course that change is only here because Barbie wasn’t selling well anymore. And there is no better way to boost sales than by releasing something that will get people talking. And considering we are in this whole “Models shouldn’t be too thin” and “The Fashion Industry ruins girls’ self-esteem and promotes eating disorders” discussion, it is a smart move to make such a drastic change to something this iconic. Everybody talked about it. Some people were pro curvy Barbie and others said it made no difference.
Will it make a difference?
And I personally think it isn’t going to make any difference. I think that few girls look up to Barbie and find a comforting friend in her. I think few girls grow up with special memories of Barbie, as opposed to the stuffed rabbit they’ve had since they were born. And while it is a good thing that there is diversity, I don’t think that young girls will look at curvy Barbie and go “Finally a doll I can identify with!” They just want to give Barbie a drastic hair cut and fast!
I think that yes, diversity is a good thing even in dolls. Is it life-changing? Definitely not and it shouldn’t be. We live in a world with a lot of diversity and toys should have been this diverse ages ago. But let’s see how this one is going to work out.