Mattel recently introduced a new line of black Barbies that the company says have more authentic-looking facial features.
It was designed by Stacey McBride-Irby, an African-American mother of two who has worked at Mattel for 12 years. She said she wanted her young daughter to have a Barbie that looked more like her.
The line of dolls - Grace, Kara, Trichelle - are all different hues to reflect the diversity of skin tones among black people. They also have different interests, such as music, math and science.
I have only seen the dolls in pictures and not in person, and their facial features are definitely more authentic.
But just like the problem with white Barbies, the dolls have bodies that most women of any race just don't have. The long legs, super tiny waist and big breasts should be reserved for super models. The hair is also still pretty straight and long, feeding into the perception that short, natural hair isn't cute.
I do like the fact that the new dolls are interested in intellectual, substantive subjects like math. It sure beats the Barbie's I saw in a local store a few years ago, that depicted black Barbies with strollers and babies.
So what do you guys think about the new Black Barbies? Did Mattel get it right? Or was there more they could have done?
(photo courtesy of AP).