Mattel Releases Real Black Barbies

Christie, the popular Barbie doll made by Mattel, now has three new BFFs namely Kara, Grace, and Trichelle.

The three new addition to the Barbie "So in Style" line were all black women, who were designed to promote awareness to young black girls that it is ok to be a career woman and that black is beautiful.

Popular plastic toy maker Matell has recently launched the “So in Style” Black Barbie dolls, which has fuller lips, a more pronounced cheek bones, and a wider nose.

The new black Barbie dolls were far from Christie’s features, which is literally a white girl painted black. She was the first black dolls made by Mattel in the 1960s to be Barbie’s best friend.

The “So in Style” Black Barbie dolls has three BFFs namely Kara, Grace, and Trichelle. The black dolls have their respective style and interests which give them a more distinct character. Plus, the three goes with little sisters namely Janessa, Courtney, and Kianna, which the older black girls mentor.

Also, Mattel has intentionally given each Black doll a color representation from light brown, chocolate, and caramel. Meanwhile, Trichelle and Kianna were made with curlier hair to make it more realistic.

Stacey McBride-Irby, the designer of the now popular Black Barbies said that she was inspired to create the new line of dolls that would cater the young black girls. She also has a 6-year-old daughter which she wanted to be inspired by the Black Barbies to be an inspirational and career-minded woman.

Stacey has specifically put specialty to each Barbie, for example, Kara is a math genius and loves music.

"I want them to see themselves within these dolls. I want them to know that black is beautiful," Stacey said.


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