Barbie's finally getting a more realistic figure

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29 January 2016

Mattel has announced the introduction of not one but three new Barbies, one of which will have a fuller figure.

Barbie has had enough of that unattainable hourglass figure.

PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie

Barbie manufacturer Mattel has announced the introduction of not one but three new Barbies, one of which will have a fuller figure. The new range also boasts seven different skin tones.

Until the announcement only 20 people knew about these plans, which were code-named Project Dawn.

The news was shared today on Twitter by news magazine Time with the message, "Now can we all stop talking about my body?"

Richard Dickson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mattel, said in a statement, "Barbie has reflected the world girls see around them. Her ability to evolve and grow with the times, while remaining true to her spirit, is central to why Barbie has remained the number one fashion doll in world."

The old Barbie versus the new curvier version. PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie The old Barbie versus the new curvier version. PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie

For decades Barbie’s been regarded as a symbol of a specific type of American beauty.

That’s quite an achievement for a doll based on a German doll named Lilli, who was once a comic strip character. She later became a doll who used sex to “get what she wanted”. Thankfully Barbie didn’t inherit this characteristic.

The new range also boasts seven different skin tones.  PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie The new range also boasts seven different skin tones. PHOTO: facebook.com/barbie

In her long life Barbie has had 108 careers, including police woman, doctor, vet, astronaut and presidential candidate.

Barbie sales began to drop from 2012 and in 2014 she suffered a severe knock – she was dethroned by the Frozen dolls. Block by block Lego has also shattered Barbie’s supremacy – in 2014 it became the biggest toy company in the world.

But Barbie's attempting a comeback with a brand new look.

Now you can choose from the petite Barbie with whom everyone is familiar, the tall Barbie with curves and the real Barbie with her fuller figure. The latter Barbie could owe her existence to personalities such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Lena Dunham, who refuse to take a back seat to those with waspy waists.

"Ultimately, haters are going to hate," Dickson told Time. "We want to make sure the Barbie lovers love us more -- and perhaps changing the people who are negative to neutral. That would be nice."

Sources: time.com, cnn.com,

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