Barbie doesn’t play games. Growing up beside BRATZ dolls, I always played with Barbies as I’m sure a lot of young girls did. I loved playing with my Barbies, but I would always ask my mother why they didn’t have more Barbies that looked like me. Honestly, I never thought in a million years that there would be beautiful dolls that are out there that look like me.
In light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, Barbie introduced another doll to its collection that has textured hair and baby hair. When I say good play Barbie, I honestly mean it.
This new doll just came out along with their collection called BMR1959, which stands for Barbie’s full name, Barbra Millicent Roberts, and the number that represents the year the doll was released. Also, the collection shows off street fashion and 90s fashion with different patterns and textures. There were many other dolls featured in the collection, but this beautiful Black doll was the one that caught everyone’s eye.
The release of this collection is helping the brand become more inclusive. I believe it is the best thing they can do for a young girl out there who are playing with their products. Back in 2016, Barbie had to start to take the initiative to change up their dolls and include dolls of more body types, skin colors, diversity. Then in January of 2020 it came out with a series that included dolls with vitiligo, prosthetic limbs and also without hair.
Barbie taking this big leap and changing up their dolls is something that I wish I would have had when I was younger. Now all of the young girls around the world who are unique and may have different features have a doll that looks just like them, and that’s a step in the right direction.
Having a doll that you can play with and that also looks like you is a proud moment for those young girls, and I applaud Barbie for doing that and applaud them for realizing hey not everyone is white and skinny with blonde hair.