_Barbie's New Diverse Fashionista Line Will Have 8 Different Skin Tones

Young girls will soon be able to pick from 23 Barbie’s with different eye colors, hair colors, skin tones, face shapes and hair styles with Barbie’s new diverse Fashionista line. Read more on the story after the jump!

Mattel’s new Fashionista line will release in October and will reflect more of the diversity of women around the world. The dolls will represent 8 skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 hairstyles, 23 hair colors and 18 eye colors. Mattel has also changed the shape of Barbie’s feet and ankles which once were designed to fit only heels, now they are designing flat shoes for the dolls for the first time in 56 years. Many parents want dolls for their daughters that reflect the broad ethnic diversity of women and many possibilities for girl’s futures.

Just recently an African-American mother named Angelica Sweeting created Naturally Perfect Dolls in order to help young girls of color see themselves in their toys. Sweeting said, “Seeing my daughter struggle with her beauty at the age of 3 was completely terrifying for me…I could not fully understand how a child so young could be aware of her outer appearance and even disapprove of it.” Sweeting says that her doll has facial features that reflect women of color. She goes on to say, “Beauty comes in so many colors, and the Angelica Doll was created to help open the eyes of young girls to the complete spectrum of beauty…And the hair can be styled in various ways.”

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