New Black Barbies: So In Style

13 10 2009

Lifestyles Black Barbies

If you’re a young black woman and played with Barbie as a kid, you probably had Christie who was basically Barbie painted black.

Luckily, Mattel has a new line of dolls called So In Style which features black dolls with fuller lips, more prominent cheek bones and wider noses. The older girls, Grace, Kara and Trichelle have their own style and a “little sister she mentors”- Courtney, Janessa and Kianna (gotta love those names lol). The dolls have three different skin tones and two have curlier hair.

The designer, Stacey McBride-Irby, said she wanted to make dolls for black girls that were inspirational and career-minded and that looked like them. Kara, for instance, likes music and math.

“I want them to see themselves within these dolls, and let them know that black is beautiful,” McBride-Irby said.

I think the dolls are a step in the right direction, but I would like to see black dolls with more shades and definitely some dolls with Afros and dreadlocs. But for the most part, I think they’re cool; I might get one myself! lol







One response

14 10 2009

How cool! Ummm, they should have had these when I was coming up!

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