We used to play with her, Aqua wrote a song about her, and at one point or the other, we all thought that she embodied womanly perfection on a physical level. Yes, Barbie, in all of her iterations followed the majority of us from childhood into early adolescence. But for the last few decades, every girl's or boy's favourite playmate has faced a great deal of controversy. Barbie has been accused of promoting an unhealthy body image, and it's not hard to see why; what with her impossibly tiny waist, skeletal frame and stick thin legs. However, Mattel, the company behind the popular children's toy has endeavoured to update the doll, bringing her more in line with society as it stands today.
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Ever since the first-ever Barbie was created in , the doll has stuck to a formulaic look with cascades of bleach blonde hair and unrealistic body proportions. However, over the past few years Mattel has made an effort to make Barbie more inclusive with a range of different body types, ethnicities and the launch of its latest figurine that is the first to ever wear a hijab. In keeping with those efforts, now Barbie is coming out to make a statement in support of LGBT rights, and people are loving it. Or as some of you have speculated, maybe we're secretly dating. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
Barbie 'comes out as lesbian': Doll shows same-sex marriage support
Gay couple Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio from Scottsdale, Arizona were looking for the perfect gift for their young niece to tie in with their upcoming wedding. After making the set, Matt addressed toy company Mattel on Instagram showing them how easy it is to put Ken dolls together and make their sets more inclusive to the LGBT community. We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it. Anyway, we had to get creative and make a couple purchases. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a gay wedding set.
The latest fashion-forward and forward-thinking edition? Song joins the ranks of Misty Copeland and Ibtihaj Muhammad — modern role models who also welcomed their own Barbie replicas this year. Did you know that her exclusive t-shirts benefit different causes and non-profits?