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Barbies of The World: Racist?

Barbie has always projected an unrealistic ideal standard of  beauty  for all girls to live up to; and now it appears to be coming under more scrutiny for the  broad and stereotypical depiction of different cultures for it’s “Barbies of  The World” collection. Here is a popular example:

Mexican Barbie is shown first in her most recent manifestation, as well as earlier versions. With each update, her costume appears less authentic and more like a generic perception of how her culture is represented. Racially insensitive, or harmless? What do you think? See original post here. Enjoy…x

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Australian Barbie
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Dutch Barbie
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Chinese Barbie
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Spanish Barbie
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Phillipino Barbie
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French Barbie
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Indian Barbie
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Argentina Barbie
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South African Barbie
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Korean Barbie
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Irish Barbie
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Chile Barbie

 

 

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  1. Kayla Hubbard April 15, 2013 Reply

    I have the African Princess. That one and the one from the 80’s. My mom has always taught me that the barbie that looked like me was beautiful. I’m glad that they are showing beautiful dolls that are like them and not just the Americanized version of them.

  2. Stry Clark April 15, 2013 Reply

    When I was a little girl playing with my Barbie I never I mean never thought about how thin she was, just allllllll the fabulous cars, clothes, houses, horses, swimming pool, and other friends she could play with.. I was gonna get Ken too, but after the clothes and ride..

  3. Ruby Thomas April 15, 2013 Reply

    I don’t like the fact the African doll don’t have hair. Our hair grows too!

  4. Elena Mayling April 15, 2013 Reply

    I had that african doll when i was younger…..it was my favorite one

  5. Kinshasa Lives April 15, 2013 Reply

    My gosh some ppl on this post are too old to be so ignorant. I’ve seen dark skin Indians from India… As dark as that Barbie. And Africa is a huge continent… So it all depends on what part of Africa the person is from to determine features, complexion, & the particular culture. Either way I love the line of Barbies.

  6. Letoya Gilbert April 15, 2013 Reply

    I like them, as a child of the 70’s I actually remember only Caucasian Barbies in the stores….we now have options. Again, if you don’t like them, don’t purchase them.

  7. Schana Taylor April 15, 2013 Reply

    They’re toys….people need to find something else to be up in arms about….there’s serious stuff going on worldwide and folks are worried about Barbies??

  8. Ejay Martin April 15, 2013 Reply

    They are like a cultural history lesson. Diversity Barbie.

  9. Trini Juggler April 15, 2013 Reply

    My daughter @ 6 was given the african doll and she looked and said this isnt Barbie, this looks like my mom…she never played with it…. So needless to say 10 yrs later that barbie has been mines and sits on my dressing table as my centerpiece….

  10. Da Phil April 15, 2013 Reply

    I know some ppl feel Barbie can be stereotypical but often true. If we dont want our race to be depict that way change ur ways. Otherwise this is what our daughters see. Real talk. So im not mad.

  11. Rochele Weems April 15, 2013 Reply

    You can’t win someone is gonna always find a way to be offended..

  12. Kasiemobi Nwaedozie April 15, 2013 Reply

    Hoamy Tran Florcy Romero its us!!!

  13. Monique Fraser April 15, 2013 Reply

    I love these! What’s the problem?

  14. Yahya Campbell-Davis April 15, 2013 Reply

    I love the attempts…they are all beautiful. Keep going to include even more hues and cultures. I’d get them as a collection.

  15. Jheaneil Shanique Clarke April 15, 2013 Reply

    so wats wrong with south african barbie being charcoal? ive seen those extremely dark models and their skin is just so cool and nice and pretty and clean no flaws. and the barbies of the world look better in their cultural clothes or else they wouldnt be “barbies of the world” they wud jus be regular half naked barbies

  16. Sasha Austin April 15, 2013 Reply

    They are beautiful ! The traditional outfits seem authentic in its representation of each culture.

  17. Mish Smith April 15, 2013 Reply

    See nothing wrong here…

  18. Josie Mosmama Kelley April 15, 2013 Reply

    Love!

  19. Basetsana Mmabontlewadichabachaba Rampa April 15, 2013 Reply

    Iam Loving the south african barbie, she’s dressed in Ndebele cultural attire….though its way beautiful to be played with, i’d definetly put it up as a dressing table centerpiece as well.

  20. Trina Thompson April 15, 2013 Reply

    They are beautiful. I would collect them all. Some people are way to sensitive about insignificant things. Hey guys there was a bombing today. Innocent people died and were maimed. I like the comment where someone stated maybe you should make a doll that depicts your look. But trust me people will still complain cause you don’t look like them or me for that matter

  21. YCFOnline April 15, 2013 Reply

    beautiful 🙂

  22. Sinenhlanhla Sibahle Mdletshe April 15, 2013 Reply

    I’m south african and there is nothing authentic about that barbie.

  23. Vivian Muia April 15, 2013 Reply

    They are very beautiful. I can’t speak to the authenticity; I don’t have the knowledge for it. My only criticism is that the African one is tiptoeing and I don’t see why. Would I buy them? Absolutely.

  24. Keke Mosola Dhlamini April 15, 2013 Reply

    I love it!!!!

  25. Samantha Kelly April 15, 2013 Reply

    I like it! Clearly I am a Barbie fan 😉

  26. Beata Ingabire April 16, 2013 Reply

    I don’t see the problem. The truth hurts I guess.

  27. Amantle Tso Mapoka April 16, 2013 Reply

    love the first one!!so beautiful.

  28. Ekari Mbvundula April 16, 2013 Reply

    @Vivian All Barbies tiptoe, you just can’t see it on the other two

  29. Rethabile Thabi Mothobi April 16, 2013 Reply

    All Barbie’s tiptoe yes- because they tend to be wearing high heels; however, Ndebele woman don’t wear high heels. So this Barbie’s depiction is incorrect

  30. Lissa Soleil DiFrancilia April 16, 2013 Reply

    I find nothing wrong/offensive with these; this is how the ladies from these cultures dress, especially on special occasions. Let’s find a real cause to get bothered about. I would love my little queen to have one of each of these dolls, that’ll give us an opportunity to explore/learn about other cultures and traditions.

  31. Tiffany White April 16, 2013 Reply

    love these!!!

  32. janegenerous April 16, 2013 Reply

    i’ll tell you why the south african barbie, doesnt look anything like how the traditional south african women dress, its because, that is not south african it is how the maasai’s of East Africa dress, please do alittle more research next time you decide to manufacture anything cultural.

    • SindisoGratitudeMaenetja April 29, 2013 Reply

      @janegenerous you certainly have no idea what the different tribes are in S.A. The S.A barbie represents the Ndebele tribe based in Mpumalanga. That is a true depiction of an S.A barbie, one of the many which can possibly be a representation of S.A barbies. I say so as a South African myself!

  33. Kathryn Wolfe April 17, 2013 Reply

    I find nothing offensive about these, but thesis my body type. There aren’t a lot of women who can fit this type, so I’d like to see more dolls with curvier figures.

  34. Maria Pelkey April 17, 2013 Reply

    Thanks

  35. Angela Rue April 17, 2013 Reply

    Anyone who states that this is not stereotypical or offensive obviously don’t understand the difference between “culture” and “country”. None of these countries besides South Korea (the only one they got right) are homogeneous. It is better to list the culture of the Barbie as well. South Africa has more than 70 cultures, but they pick one and don’t specify it. People already think the Mexican barbie dresses like “Mexican people” but can’t tell what culture within Mexico the barbie represents.

  36. Jem Stone April 18, 2013 Reply

    I love it. I think they should make more.

  37. Melissa Lauder April 23, 2013 Reply

    Correction to Queen Kima there has been some different shades of black barbies. No, not every shade of brown but some. They don’t have every shade of East Asian or South Asian women they come in different shades of brown too.

  38. Annabel Okpako April 27, 2013 Reply

    hello people, they cant make evevry doll to look like youu!! sheez! it just shows different cultures, and the beauty of diversity, atleast so kids know not everybody has to be white and blonde to be beautiful

  39. Chaoslight July 8, 2014 Reply

    Look up the So in Style and Barbie Basics collections. The So in Style girls are all black, and not all the same shade of black, and the Barbie Basics has variables of all sorts of colors, including at least 8 different shades of black.

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