Many moms “of color” have opposed Barbie because they say she represents a beauty ideal that their daughters can never attain (and look natural trying): blue eyes and blond hair.
However, a few year’s after her introduction, Mattel introduced a doll with darker complexion.
|Francie doll introduced in 1967|
|Francie was featured on the Cover of Vogue Italia’s Black Barbie issue in 2009|
|First Black Barbie doll, introduced in 2009, that had African features|
Asian parents wanted in too and wondered when Barbie would come in a version that resembled their little girls. In 2010, Mattel released its first ever Asian doll, a Ken version, which many Asians complained should’ve been dressed like a modern Asian man in a t-shirt and jeans and not a Kabuki-looking, domo outfit.
Over the years, Mattel has released various ethnic dolls, though for collectors and not commercial sale.
|These dolls had ethnic features.|
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