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(NEWSER) – Project Dawn—mission complete at Mattel. The toy company more fully explained this secret initiative Thursday, and it involves an industry icon getting what the Washington Post calls "the makeover the world has been waiting for." Barbie dolls will now be available in four body shapes: the original model, plus tall, petite, and curvy versions, Time reports.

Some other changes, including to hair and skin tones, had already been made last year, but what Mattel is calling the "evolution of Barbie" has taken a more assertive stance leading into the new year. In its intro to the 2016 Barbie Fashionistas dolls, Mattel writes on its Barbie site that "the line includes 4 body types, 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and countless on-trend fashions and accessories," a selection that lets it "proudly offer girls more choices than ever," per a tweet Thursday.

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