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Barbie Got A Body Makeover! She Now Comes in 7 Skin Tones, 4 Body Types & 22 Hairstyles

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Just when we though the Barbie dolls couldn’t get cooler.

In a new step towards celebrating diversity of the female form, Mattel (makers of Barbie) have unveiled their 2016 Barbie Fashionistas line – and it’s like something you’ve never seen before. The brand released a line that offers a diverse array of looks, including 7 different skin tones, 4 different body types, and 22 different hairstyles.

The dolls, set to be released at different points throughout the year, will come in petite, tall and curvy body types. How amazing is that?

Barbie Dolls New Body Types - BellaNaija - January2016

Speaking on why the chose this direction for their brand, Tania Missad of Mattel says – “We have to let girls know it doesn’t matter what shape you come in, that anything is possible.

This move comes after the huge success of director, Ava DuVernay‘s special edition Barbie and the introduction of movable ankles for the doll.

Barbie has been the subject for a lot of criticism in the past for their lack of diversity – we guess this takes care of that.


  1. Honeycrown

    January 29, 2016 at 12:20 am

    After all their “strong head” they finally succumbed. Hope it’s not too late sha.

    • Orphelia HAmletson

      January 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Awwww I hope this doesn’t hurt the sales for the Nigerian unity dolls, those guys should have rolled out an online strategy already

  2. Felinda

    January 29, 2016 at 1:04 am

    thank you oyibo
    for giving us YAM legs

  3. jane(the real jane)

    January 29, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I remember whn d barbie crase was high bck then in pry skul….loool. gud dey Hv plus size barbies nw.

  4. sunshinedayz

    January 29, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Why tarnish the brand by trying to be PC? Soon we’ll hear the Black barbies have 3a and not 4c hair- racist! The Chinese barbies have “chinko” eyes- racist! The Chinese barbies don’t have chinko eyes- racist! How about adding Down syndrome barbies and paraplegic barbies and sacral agenesis barbies and morbidly obese barbies, so no kid feels out. mschewwwww

    • Misslolly

      January 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Lmaoooo. You’re terrible.

    • Takeseveralseats

      January 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Lmaoooooo!! You’re so right

    • Truth

      January 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      There is nothing PC about what they are doing. They want new money since the economic power of minorities in the west is growing. Also, the standard of beauty is changing. Ava duvarney’s barbie sold out within minutes. It is not about representation, it is about business. There is nothing PC about diversity and making money.

  5. Naijanewsroom

    January 29, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I totally agree. It would be impossible to satisfy everyone. Stick with the original barbie and make personal customization of barbies available at a reasonable price. Problem solved no ni.

  6. Felicia Iwuchukwu

    January 29, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Babie is an industry on its own, looks good and real pretty now – i love barbie dolls

  7. Commenter

    January 29, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Igbayi laaro

  8. hezekina pollutina

    January 29, 2016 at 7:16 am

    where is barbie?

  9. Kwet Pun Chiang

    January 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    No chinese?

  10. myne

    January 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    So which one is Barbie? They can’t all be Barbie, surely? Maybe Barbie and friends?

  11. Ms. Lurve

    January 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    As commendable as this development appears to be it begs the question are they really striving to be more diverse and inclusive? or is it just a game of profits. If they had taken this step 10 years or even 5 years ago, I would applaud without reservation but right now, makes it look like a business move,

    I may be wrong…

    • marves

      January 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Lol. You should probably read the guardian newspaper. They agree with you.

  12. Mz Titilitious

    January 29, 2016 at 9:34 am

    u are right jare

  13. Ada_ugo

    January 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    where is the asian?

  14. Drknite

    January 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Damn! They trying to corner the doll markets. This will surely hurt the up and coming doll markets, like the Nigerian unit dolls.

  15. Ross

    January 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    BN have you guys ever featured Okoya’s ‘Queen of Africa Dolls’ which promote OUR culture and black women in general? Cos this rubbish article on Martel Barbie, which over the last 55 years have REFUSED to produce black or other ethnic dolls is shameless, I’ll tell you. All of a sudden their numbers drop and then they decide to be inclusive of other cultures? You people should do your research and promote your own people. They pay your bills after all!!!

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