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People Review The New Barbie Bodies

“You didn’t cut this hair yourself, right? ...It looks like you did."

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This January, Mattel announced three new Barbie body types for the first time. We asked adults who played with the original Barbie body type as a child to weigh in.

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The three new body types, in all their glory: tall, curvy, and petite.

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Initial reactions were mixed.

Playing with the Barbies felt easy and familiar to some, just like old times.

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Now the Barbies just had more diverse body shapes.

Some of the new changes didn't seem quite different enough.

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Though it was cool to see some more realistic features on some of the Barbies, like natural hair...

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...and the ability to stand on their own two feet, without shoes!

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WHAT A CONCEPT!

The new body shapes allow different kinds of women to feel like there's a Barbie that looks like them.

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There are still a lot of unrepresented kinds of bodies, though!

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(Plus-size bodies and disabilities, for a start, haven't been represented by Barbie or any other mainstream doll.)

In the end, the reviewers felt mixed about the idea of identifying with a doll in the first place.

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More options, though, are always better than fewer.

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And most of all? Even if there's no doll in the world that looks remotely like you, you are still beautiful.

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