Barbie Design Boss Explains Doll's Ludicrous Measurements

For years, Barbie has been the go-to example of the ways our culture teaches girls to strive toward unrealistic beauty standards. Well, the brand's VP of design has finally responded to the critics. She counters that the realism isn't the point—the doll's design is mostly about making tiny clothes that actually fit. » 2/03/14 11:00am 2/03/14 11:00am

Remember When American Girls Dolls Used to Stand for Something?

American Girl Dolls, the brand that had a deep impact on the formative years of thousands of girls who grew up in the nineties, was originally founded in 1986 with three dolls— Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. Each doll came with a history and a personality which was revealed through a six-book series. Felicity and Addy… » 4/23/13 1:25pm 4/23/13 1:25pm

Why Is It So Hard to Celebrate Your Birthday With Black Barbie?

It took Mattel decades to introduce and widely distribute black Barbies, and the company still advertises its line with dolls as blue-eyed and flaxen-haired as a neo-Nazi child (see above.) Now, Harlem mother Karen Braithwaite is leading a group of 14 Harlem moms and thousands of others who have signed a Change.org… » 4/01/13 6:30pm 4/01/13 6:30pm

Man Repaints Celebrity Dolls for Amazing Accuracy

You know how when Mattel puts out a doll based on an iconic celebrity or a movie character it never actually looks like that person, but just one of Barbie's generic friends? Portrait artist Noel Cruz has proven that an accurate recreation is simply a matter of some extra effort and a lot of talent. He "repaints"… » 11/02/12 1:50pm 11/02/12 1:50pm

Rooti Dolls Aim To Foster African Pride, End Up a Hit/Miss

Since the '80s and early-'90s days of Christie, Barbie's black friend, Mattel has tried to repair the damage done to young African-American girls' self-image with 2009's So In Style line of African-American Barbies with "fuller noses" and "fuller lips" rather than simply choosing a brown shade of plastic and using the… » 10/06/12 2:30pm 10/06/12 2:30pm

Drag Queen Barbie Is Not a Drag Queen, Says Mattel

If you've noticed an extra spring in the steps of your local drag enthusiasts these past few weeks, it may have something to the release of a special edition Barbie doll designed by the Blonds (David and Phillipe), a famous NYC fashion duo known for their opulent designs (they've dressed the likes of Lady Gaga,… » 8/23/12 12:00pm 8/23/12 12:00pm

Vatican Newspaper Wonders Why Bald Barbie Isn’t Actually in Any Stores

The Vatican's daily newspaper has called for Mattel to start selling its recently-introduced line of bald Barbies, which were introduced earlier this year following a prolonged Facebook campaign started by the mother of a young girl who underwent chemotherapy. Mattel currently donates the bald doll to hospitals, but… » 8/19/12 5:00pm 8/19/12 5:00pm

The Royal Wedding Barbie You Didn't Even Know You Needed

Just when you were starting to worry that you wouldn't have enough preciously small commemorative dolls to properly celebrate the one-year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Mattel has come through for you. They've announced they are releasing the Royal Wedding William and Catherine Doll Set, which as… » 2/15/12 11:15pm 2/15/12 11:15pm