I would not normally say this about anyone's body but Barbie is getting all my attention. Mattel has launched 3 new Barbie bodies for girls everywhere can choose from. I could not be more thrilled.
I loved Barbie growing up. I had several of them. I even had the Skipper that grew boobs when you rotated her arm. Yes, this was an actual thing. It was weird. I just left her boobs big. I would dress them up, pose them, chop off their hair. My brother would broke the legs off several of my Ken dolls. Eventually I grew out of them.
I am not sure I ever thought about Barbie's dimensions when I was a little girl. I was more worried about how many wedding dresses I had and where the hell all her shoes went. I almost always had her in mismatching shoes because half were missing. I had a brown haired Barbie and a blonde one. They were just dolls to me. It was only after my Barbies were gone and other children started being mean to me that I was not like Barbie. I was fat, had boobs that did come up that high on my chest, my thighs were thick, and I was freakishly tall. Barbie was not like me. I did not hate her. I hated myself but not because of the doll. But because of other girls who were nasty hateful people.
I do love this curvy Barbie. She looks a lot more like me then the original. She has more realistic dimensions. She has blue hair! There are already people saying that Mattel did not go far enough. I think this is revolutionary and a step in the right direction. I don't have children but I know lots of parents that want more gender neutral or girl positive toys. I love that. I also know that sometimes little girls just want to play dress up. If the doll they play with looks more like them then maybe they will have better play.
Mattel will be releasing a tall and petite version of Barbie and keeping the original. I just know I want the curvy one with blue hair and my birthday is July 1. Just saying.