Some observers have pointed out that the new Curvy Barbies are not really mirrors of overweight women and like traditional Barbies, are still prettified: The Barbies will have thicker thighs, and broader hips -- but will still look attractive in their specially designed fashionista clothes to fit their broader shape.
Mattel recently announced that Barbie would now come in three body types. The doll that comes in different skin tones will now come in different body types as well. The doll that millions of girls have played with for over 50 years was invented by a woman. Women throughout U.S. history have made significant contributions to both children's education and play. Match the woman with her accomplishment:
Whether blonde or brunette, African-American or Asian, she was always tall and thin, representing an idealized vision of pretty, to be sure, but one that was potentially limiting to girls' imaginations and certainly didn't represent the diversity today's kids see all around them. It was time, as they say, for a makeover.