As you have probably heard, Barbie has a new look (well, 33 new looks to be exact). The 2016 collection includes 4 new body types, from petite to curvy, in addition to 7 skin tones and 24 hairstyles! The company has been making some recent changes to the classic doll, including her movable ankles, allowing her to kick off her heels and wear flats. Changes have been introduced since a 20% decrease in sales, and an increase of societal pressures from various feminist groups, forcing the doll to adapt and become more realistic. Here are a few valuable lessons your child might learn with the new Barbie dolls.
1.Teaching your child that there is not only one standard of beauty.
Beauty comes in all shapes, forms, sizes, colours and styles! As mother Mena Vuvalini puts it in her tweet, “Petite @Barbies tells my daughter her tiny friend is beautiful. Tall skinny barbie tells my daughter her super tall friend is pretty.”
2. Teaching your child the importance of being unique.
Barbie’s range of looks cater to many different fashion styles. No matter if you’re rocking blue hair or a side-shaved head, you are beautiful in your own unique way. Encourage your child to embrace their uniqueness and express it through personal style.
3.Teaching your child to being open to acceptance.
Being exposed to such diversity will be positive for your child’s upbringing, as he or she will learn the value of acceptance. Barbie’s large variety illustrates the diverse world we live in. It’s okay for Sophie to be petite, and for Sarah to be plus-sized, because that is the reality we live in. Each is unique and beautiful in their own way.
4. Teaching your child the value of choice.
Choosing one doll out of so many might be slightly intimidating for your child. However, making a decision and sticking to it is part of the many lessons of life your child needs to learn early on.
Wondering what young girls thought of Barbie’S new shapes and sizes? Well, this is what they had to say: