Hopefully all these inclusive additions will help to reverse the dark days of OG Barbie.
Barbie's still on a quest to become woke.
The Frankenstein-like creators of Barbie, Mattel, is continuing their campaign to rebrand Barbie as the "most diverse doll line" available. This week Mattel, Barbie's creators, announced new additions representing various health conditions, from vitiligo to prosthetic limbs.
With inclusive representation of differently abled bodies long overdue, Mattel says its whole Barbie Fashionistas line is "designed to reflect the world girls see today." New additions to the line will feature a Barbie with no hair to represent the often overlooked prevalence of female hair loss, due to conditions such as alopecia or as a result of other medical conditions. Mattel also collaborated with a dermatologist to create an accurate doll with vitiligo, an autoimmune condition that causes areas of skin to lose pigment. In fact, when Mattel posted an image of the doll's prototype to Instagram last year, it became their most popular post to date. For a doll with a gold prosthetic limb, designers collaborated with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, a young disability activist who founded the nonprofit Born Just Right, which is dedicated to developing "creative solutions that help kids with disabilities live a more enjoyable life." Last year, Mattel introduced the first doll to use a wheelchair and even a gender-neutral Barbie.
With the Fashionista line including 176 dolls featuring 8 body types, 35 skin tones, and 94 hairstyles, hopefully all these inclusive additions will help to reverse the dark days of OG Barbie, who managed to body shame every human female body type with her mere existence. As Chapman University once found, "If Barbie were an actual woman, she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe! Barbie calls this a 'full figure' and likes her weight at 110 lbs. At 5'9" tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia."
On Tuesday, a Mattel spokesperson said, "For 2020, Barbie is continuing the journey to represent global diversity and inclusivity in the fashion doll aisle by showcasing a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion." Thank god, because '90s kids are still haunted by the unbearable whiteness and Tim Burton-like distortions of Malibu Barbie and her Stepford slave, Ken.
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You may have read the saga of Pearl the baby mermaid when Elizabeth Faidley recounted the events on Facebook in December of 2019.
Though the story takes place from between 2015 and 2016, Faidley is in the habit of recounting the bizarre events involved each year as Christmas approaches, and her latest retelling brought Pearl to the world's attention and seared her image into my brain.
On his 34th birthday, we pay tribute to the Canadian Chameleon.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986.
He found fame at a young age as one of the stars of the hit Canadian teen drama Degrassi. After his tenure playing Jimmy Brooks, he would transition from the screen to the booth, pursuing a full-time career as a musician.
Drake released a few mixtapes that were received well by fans and blogs, but it was the mixtape "So Far Gone" in February 2009 that would change his life and the course of music forever.
Since then, Drake would continue to shatter Billboard records, helping establish a sound that has since become the standard in Hip-Hop and has even transcended the genre itself. The keys to Drake's success are his talent, relentless work ethic, and his versatility as an artist.