Last year I got my hands on 3 Barbie Fashionista Dolls. Released by Mattel in 2016 with their own hashtag:
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The Fashionista line released in 2016 comprises of 4 body types, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles Barbie is more versatile than ever. I am thrilled to own a part of Barbie history.
The four body types are Curvy, Petite, Tall and what they call Original – so the modern classic Barbie body shape. I picked up Curvy, Petite and Tall.
Firstly, I really admire Mattel and the Barbie brand for taking a small step towards recognising that bodies come in all beautiful shapes and sizes, but have they really done enough?
When stood next to each other, the differences between them are subtle, Petite Barbie is short, but has whopping heels on and also has her feet fixed on tiptoes, so compared to Tall Barbie, she’s not that short (and can never wear flats the poor girl).
Tall Barbie is very thin, it’s almost as if they just stretched out Original Barbie. She does get to wear very stylish (and flat) boots though. She has very cool hair too. A Barbie after my own heart!
Curvy Barbie is probably my favourite, her curves make her one of the more naturally shaped Barbie Doll’s ever created.
For all her curves, she isn’t quite capturing or embracing body positivity, sure she has big hips and lovely curves, but her stomach is flat, from the side, she is not much wider than Petite Barbie. With no clothes on, you can really see how similiarly they are shaped (Excuse the naked Barbie boobs – #freethenipple). AND, can we talk about that thigh gap – Barbie would be alot more natural with a bit of chub rub, lets face it.
These lovely dolls all have lovely faces – all quite different to each other and the classic Barbie. Petite Barbie has an especially nice face. They have very cute outfits and I think whole new wardrobes are available for the dolls and their new body shapes.
I have my eye on a lilac haired Petite and pink haired Curvy to add to my collection.
These Barbie dolls are very stiff, unlike some Barbie’s before them, they are made entirely of hard plastic, their legs and arms are fixed and only move at the hip and shoulders, I think this makes them rather unplayable. Tall and Petite both have one arm in a fixed position as well – hand on hip bent at the elbow. Personally, I think this would make them difficult if your child was going to play with them, how can she drive her Barbie Dream Car if she can’t bend her knees?
Whilst Barbie still has a way to go, they are making ever more brilliant steps towards really embracing body positivity and female empowerment. The Barbie Fashionista collection definitely makes it into the toy history Hall of Fame.
What do you think of the Barbie Fashionista Dolls? Do you think they are changing the way we look at dolls? Could they be doing more? Get in touch below.