The New Barbie: What It Says About America's Beauty Standards
February 10, 2016•9 min
The new Barbie embraces diversity and promotes positive body image.The Barbie Doll you grew up with was something of a supermodel who defied the laws of physics: tall stature, tiny feet, full breasts, small waist, and slender legs that went on for days. Barbie could be anything from a rocker to a doctor. That Barbie represented career diversity, but her body was always the same. If you were petite, tall, or curvy, you couldn't completely relate to Barbie.The release of the "new" Barbie has been applauded by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for embracing body diversity. With 92% of American girls between ages three and twelve owning at least one Barbie, this can have a huge impact on body image for the next generation.Teen and body image expert Claire Mysko shares how the new Barbie embraces diversity and promotes body positivity.