Mattel took a huge step in the right direction on Thursday when it announced that Barbie would get a makeover. Now, the doll will come in three new body types — tall, petite and curvy — to be more reflective of the bodies of actual women.
For decades, the traditional Barbie has sparked debate about how her features aren’t inclusive of all kinds of women and girls. Now there are many diverse lines of dolls for young girls to relate to and be empowered by that are readily available to buy.
These dolls reflect women and girls of various cultures, occupations, body types and lifestyles — each absolutely necessary. Here are 11 doll lines that celebrate the different types of women around the world.
were created by international model Mala Bryan to showcase the different shades and curl patterns of black girls.They also sportsome vibrantAfrican- and Caribbean-inspired outfits.
dolls come in an array of sizes and shapes with dolls thatcater to girls from all over the world. They even have a travel line with dolls representing girls fromIndia, Kenya, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Mexico, China and Ireland.
Last year, college student Yetlisha Jean-Charles
launcheda Kickstarter campaign
to raise money to create a new line of natural hair dollsto teach young black girls how to maintain and style their hair. In the future, sheplans on creating dolls of other racial backgrounds down the line.
Children of America Dolls
reflects thediversity amongAmerican kids. Each doll’s facial features uniquely reflects her ownethnicity and individuality.
Each of theseinspirational dolls has herown story to tell, and is intended to be a reflection of differentgirls from around the world. For eachdoll that’s sold, the company also donates a dollar to support young girls in thedoll’s corresponding region.
dolls encourage girls to explore STEM-related subjects, and it also has anaccompanying Netflix series which emphasizesthat STEM isn’t just for boys.
wants todispel stereotypes about people with special needs by allowingkids to equip their dolls withcanes, unbreakable hearing aids, wheelchairs and more.
The Yuna doll
and her Dream Big Friends
don’t wear makeup, rock the latest high fashion clothes or have a tiny waist. Instead, this doll focuses on “dreaming big, doing what you love, and aspiring to be happy.”
Lottie Dolls encourage kids to embraces their individuality and “embark on meaningful adventures. This line also supports girls in STEM and carriesa boydoll who’s Lottie’s “best friend and equal
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