In 1959 when the first Barbie was release there was no other doll on the market like it. An adult doll with a somewhat sexy figure was presented to young girls as someone to aspire to. In this advertisement of the doll they even made it clear to you by explaining, "She is shapely and all grown up!" This was unacceptable to some but to most it was the idea of giving your child a toy designed to allow them to practice for roles they will take on as adults. The advertisement also reflects a doll that has blond hair, blue eyes, and that is "flesh toned and life like." The problem with that is there is only one kind of hair color, one kind of eye color, and one kind of skin color and that is just not life like. It could be seen as the opposite of life like. It is unrealistic. Giving your child a Barbie doll is nothing more than giving them someth...
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...e diversity in the real world you can see the improvement in the company. In the 1959 advertisement they claimed that the doll was shapely but there was only one body type; that they were flesh toned but with only once tone of flesh; and that they were for all little girls when they could only truly reach one type of girl. The improvements that Barbie needed did not come until 50 years later but the in 2016 they finally made the Barbie true to real women with the body types, flesh tones, and they can truly be a good match for girls who need a role model. Maybe this company will finally successfully integrate these new styles of Barbie dolls with the more iconic image of Barbie showing the importance of diversity. Helping young girls understand that they can live the dream of Barbie because the new and improved babies are livening that dream given their diversities.
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