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Girls, Warts And All

Barbie—a bad influence? A new range of ­‘normal’ dolls may offer a remedy.

Girls, Warts And All
Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
Girls, Warts And All
outlookindia.com
2018-12-07T10:32:43+05:30

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic—but it was never meant to be realistic. With her stick-thin body and poker-straight hair, Barbie hardly looked the part of the everywoman. Inspired by the mid-century German doll Bild Lilli—sold by bars and toba­cconists and popular among Dutch sa­i­l­ors as a sex toy—Barbie doll was launched in 1959 by American toy company Mattel. She took the second half of the 20th century by storm: the Barbie culture now spans cultures and continents, with her image stamped on the minds of generations. Her impossibly perfect image. The critics would not be silenced: Barbie promoted an unrealistic and unattainable body image, leading to body perception issues and severe eating disorders among kids.

Enter imperfect Barbie. Mattel respon­ded—to the more plastic problem of plummeting sales, with a reported 20 per cent fall from 2012 to 2014, as well as the criticism—through a secret endeavour with a cryptic yet hopeful codename: Project Dawn. Dawn broke in January 2016; Barbies with normal body types,...

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