Results for - You've Come A Long Way, Barbie!
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1. This holiday season, a new, inspiring Barbie holds court. Literally. Mattel introduces Judge Barbie, as their newest addition in what they are calling its 2019 Career of the Year doll. "With over 200 careers since 1959, this year Barbie takes the stand as a judge!" the company tweeted. "The Barbie Judge Doll encourages children to learn more about making decisions to change the world for the better." After learning of the small number of women sitting as US state judges, (only 33%), Mattel decided to honor the profession, by introducing this new doll. The new doll comes in a variety of different skin tones and hairstyles, and will be available at Walmart, Target, and Amazon at a retail price of just $12.99. Would you buy this doll for someone this year?
2. Mattel also released a gender-neutral doll line known as the Creatable World line. The line allows children to personally customize their dolls without gender being the focus. Mattel says about this line, "Toys are a reflection of culture and as the world continues to celebrate the positive impact of inclusivity, we felt it was time to create a doll line free of labels. Through research, we heard that kids don't want their toys dictated by gender norms. This line allows all kids to express themselves freely, which is why it resonates so strongly with them." This is a big step in the competitive toy industry, and is thought to be the first gender neutral doll on the market. Would you buy this for someone this year at holiday time?
3. For years, parents have pushed back against "pink aisles" and "blue aisles" in toy stores in favor of gender-neutral sections, often in the name of exposing girls to the building blocks and chemistry kits that foster interest in science and math but are usually categorized as boys' toys. Major toy sellers have listened -- Target eliminated gender-specific sections in 2015. The same year, Disney banished "boys" and "girls" labels from its children's costumes, inviting girls to dress as Captain America and boys as Belle. Last year, Mattel did away with "boys" and "girls" toy divisions in favor of nongendered sections: dolls or cars, for instance. Do you applaud this new focus on how to market children's toys?
4. It's hard to believe Barbie has been around since 1959, and celebrated her "60th" Birthday this year. Barbie herself has evolved over the years, no longer just a doll with way too many outfits, and accessories, including Ken and a Dream House. Just have a look at the way Barbie has evolved through the years. How many of these Barbies (through the years) did you hear about, or even own?
Barbie made her debut in 1959 with a striped swimsuit, blonde ponytail, and red lipstick.
Ken was introduced as Barbie's fictional counterpart in 1961.
"Red Flare" Barbie from 1962 features a voluminous red coat and matching hat, said to be inspired by '60s style icon Jackie Kennedy.
In 1968, "Talking Barbie" said things like "Let's go shopping!"
"Christie" was the first African-American doll, and marketed as Barbie's friend. She debuted in 1968
Barbie the Olympic skier was released in 1975, ahead of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Austria.
Teresa, the first Hispanic doll in the line, in 1980, added more representation to Barbie doll collections.
Barbie landed on the moon as an astronaut in 1986.
Doctor Barbie was on call in 1987 with a white jacket and miniature stethoscope.
Barbie the Air Force pilot landed on toy store shelves in 1991.
"Native American Barbie" debuted in 1993.
Barbie's "Dolls of the World" collection included "Kenyan Barbie" in 1994.
Following the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Barbie released Olympic swimmers with gold medals in 2001.
Barbie worked as an art teacher in 2002.
"Dolls of the World" added a Japanese princess Barbie in 2003.
"Presidential Candidate" Barbie debuted in an election year, 2004.
Barbie sported a helmet and riding boots as an equestrian in 2009.
Barbie learned to code and became a computer engineer in 2010.
After occupying many different dream houses, Barbie the architect designed them herself in 2011.
"Barbie Entrepreneur" had big plans in 2014 — and a miniature smartphone.
Barbie introduced "Curvy" body types in 2016.
Barbie's first doll with a hijab was modeled after US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, in 2017.
The 2019 Fashionista collection includes a black woman in a wheelchair among six different body types, nine skin tones, six eye colors, 11 hair colors, and 10 hairstyles.
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