The Barbie World Gets More Realistic
The Barbie creators have commented that they are continuing to work towards the brand’s goal to better represent the world’s diversity and inclusivity in the doll aisle. But of course, when something new and different like these new dolls is released, there’s also a wave of skepticism. Many argue that if the goal was to represent the world and people the way they really are, this should have been done from the beginning.
Changes for the Better
Although many people share the previously mentioned opinion, we should also look from the other perspective. Many children of different cultures and ethnicities have struggled to find a toy, a hero, or a character, while growing up, that looked like them or comes from a similar background. This is why this change is so crucial for the children of today. By showing them the diversity of the world, they’ll grow up to be more accepting of others and of themselves, which will make for a happier and better world.
As for Mattel, so far, they’ve often been a company that is at the forefront when it comes to inclusion. For the latest Barbie collection, they’ve brought Dr. Jen Richardson, an educational audiologist, to help them make more accurate dolls with hearing aids, for example. And this will surely make a difference for those who are being represented. We’ll also be able to teach our kids about these things, have the right conversations, and help them become kinder humans. So instead of being skeptical and wondering why they’re doing this Barbie collection, let’s be happy for the new generations and the different and better ways in which they’ll see the world.