An image of a brown Barbie doll has surfaced on the Internet, causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie. The doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.
Many African-Americans find the doll’s appearance offensive, stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women. The truth is, though, the doll strongly resembles imagery of African-American women that is seen in some of the most famous celebrities (e.g. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, etc.). The only difference I see between Beyoncé, for example, and the doll is that the doll’s skin color is darker than Beyoncé’s. If we want to change the imagery of the African-American woman, we have to start exalting celebrities and other prominent figures in the black community that represent the imagery that we’d like people around the world to embrace.
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Take a look at the pictures that are circulating:
Decades after segregation and the civil rights movement, studies show Americans — both black and white — continue to internalize the heirarchical notion that lighter skin tone is considered “better than” darker. What do you think?Take Our Poll
Interesting Things To Think about:
Barbie’s neck is twice as long as the average human’s which would make it impossible to hold up her head….Barbie’s legs are 50% longer than her arms, whereas the average woman’s legs are only 20% longer than her arms….If a woman had the same measurements as Barbie, she would not have enough body fat to menstruate (and obviously to have children).”
Barbie, whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, is a teenager with an interest in fashion. She hails from a make-believe town in Illinois where she lives with her architect father and stay-at-home mother.
The constant need to purchase Barbie accessories instills consumer behavior in girls.
It should be known that there are a set of controversial dolls on the market now that make Christian parents cringe. The dolls dubbed “Monster High Girls”,are 10 inch or so fashion dolls marketed to little children ages 6 to 12.
hese manufacturer-proclaimed “fashionista dolls” are supposedly the teenage daughters of famous monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf. They are dressed in tight, black, purple or aqua tummy-showing, gothic-looking outfits. They have doe eyes.
Some have pouty open lips with fangs and heavy makeup.The dolls sleep in crypts and coffins. Your little darling can also write in her Monster Fearbook Journal, which comes with an old fashioned skull key . Inside the journal there is a ‘fiendish faculty ‘ page.
Mattel manufactures the “Monster High” and “Barbie” According to Mattel’s own corporate responsibility statement, its “mission is to positively impact our people, our products and our planet.” Do they mean they try to positively impact their employees? Because I don’t really see how this product positively impacts any little people.
What do you think?