Curvy Barbie: is it the end of the road for the thigh gap?

About time Mattel got with the programme and offered diversity in their Barbie dolls.

Let’s get straight to the point here, because this is huge news. Barbie has a bum, and thighs that meet in the middle. The doll whose name has become a byword for unrealistic body ideals now comes normal-sized.

Barbie has released three new Barbie body shapes: tall, curvy and petite. Tall is, well, taller than the original, and appears to have broader shoulders. Petite is basically Cheryl Tweedy-Cole-Fernandez-Versini-whatever-she’s-called. But it’s all about Curvy.

Curvy Barbie is still slim. She has a flat tummy and slender arms and her eyes seem to be wider than her ankles. But her plastic legs have a bit of meat on them, and she’s got a bit of a soft Gigi Hadid thing going on around the jawline.

After a survey on the fashion desk, we have decided that we particularly like the vibe of Everyday Chic Curvy Barbie, who has boldly teamed distressed cropped jeans with lace-up black brogues. We’re not wild about her loveheart necklace or plastic handbag, but then we’re not eight years old, so what do we know? Second place goes to So Sporty Barbie, a kind of Rihanna-lite in Balmain-ish mesh vest dress and open-toe shoe boots. We also quite like the one in the tight yellow skirt and a T-shirt with horizontal pink stripes: we’re calling her Generic Young Woman on Social Media Barbie.

The full range now has four body shapes, seven skin tones, 24 hairstyles, 22 eye colours – who knew there even were 22 eye colours? – and feet that can wear trainers as well as high heels. What next: Barbie with flat hair?


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