The Strange Redesign of the Barbie Doll

  • August 08, 2016
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All Dolled Up

Even something as simple as the doll's hair is getting updated, from new colors to new cuts.



The new STEM Barbie teaches engineering via inclusion of construction kits. Though some people take issue with what she's building (a rotating shoe rack and a washing machine, for example), the toy is still educational and complex.


A Much Needed Update

You might remember Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer, a story in which Barbie designs a video game but needs help from male associates to help her finish it. This wasn't exactly empowering to many, so the new game designer Barbie is going solo.


Still, Not Everyone Is Happy

While many have praised the diverse changes to the Barbie line, others still say that the doll is merely focused on fashion and materialism, not empowerment.


She's Come A Long Way

Over fifty years later, Barbie has gotten some major changes. Do you think they're for the better?