When we think of Barbie, we imagine the traditional, slim figure with blond hair and tight, fashionable clothes. Many young girls have grown up with an idealized image of how a girl “should look” based on Barbie’s appearance. However, Mattel, the company that produces the famous doll, has created three new Barbie figures — petite, tall and curvy — that will offer the first significant change to the doll in its 57-year history. I am glad to see the change that Mattel is bringing to the doll that originally offered a narrow perception of beauty. Being young and learning that society has certain expectations and standards of beauty is a rude awakening for many young people — by creating new dolls that do not have unachievable standards, I believe that Mattel will be making the transition slightly easier for girls who once looked to Barbie as the be all and end all.

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