Barbie turns 65 in a world of vast doll diversity

March 06, 2024

The original Mattel Barbie with her iconic blonde hair, black and white bathing suit and eyes angled to the side, was inspired by creator Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara, in 1959. However, in 2024, as Barbie celebrates her 65th anniversary, the dolls are produced in a diversity of colors, hair textures, body shapes and more. "I'm so grateful I didn't grow up with Barbie," women's rights activist Gloria Steinem said in the 2018 Barbie documentary on Hulu "Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie." To this day, the doll is still associated by some with unrealistic body proportions, gender roles and Eurocentric beauty standards. Rather than just the classic white doll with blonde hair, there's also a Black doll with braids and laid edges, a popular style for Black women that includes soft and sleeked baby hairs.

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