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Mattel Creates Line of Black Dolls with More “Authentic” Look (But Still Unattainable Body)

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Mattel Creates Line of Black Dolls with More “Authentic” Look (But Still Unattainable Body)

"Grace," "Kara" & "Trichelle"

Hit with the realization that their dolls — SHOCKER — don’t exactly offer young girls realistic-looking role models, Mattel is finally launching a line of black Barbie dolls with more “authentic facial characteristics” than previous collections.

Well, it’s about damn time.

The dolls, which are part of the “So In Style” line have “fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair,” according to the world’s biggest toymaker.

Of course, it looks like the dolls still have the equivalent of a 19-inch waist, but hey…!  At least they’re allowed to have curly hair.  Baby steps, people, baby steps.

Mattel said its new “So In Style” line is intended to “celebrate the diversity of African-American Girls and encourage positive themes.”

“So In Style” was developed and inspired by Barbie designer of 12 years, Stacey McBride-Irby, an African-American mother of two who wanted to create a line of dolls more reflective of her daughter and community.

If only they’d create a Barbie that has hair like mine — just add humidity/water and watch it grow!

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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