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Despite being the most successful fashion doll in the world, our friend Barbie has long had an issue with diversity. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed look has been way overdone, and people have been calling for a more diverse range in dolls for years now.

But, in more recent times, the doll has had a diverse makeover, and there are now hundreds of varieties of the doll, all of which represent different types of men, women, and disabilities.

But now, moms are furious with the new pregnant barbies... Keep scrolling to find out more...

 

Barbie has a long, yet somewhat problematic history.

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The Barbie Doll is one of the most iconic children's toys, with the blonde-haired, blue-eyed figurine dating all the way back to 1959.

Barbie was first brought to life by Mattel co-founder, Ruth Handler.

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Ruth felt inspired after she noticed her young daughter, Barbara, playing with makeshift paper dolls.

She decided to give these paper dolls a little more life...

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And thus designed a 3D doll, suitable for young girls far and wide to play out their dreams with.

Queue the birth of Barbie.

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And, as most of you will know, she was an instant hit.

Ruth pitched the idea of Barbie around the premise of inspiring young girls...

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"My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices."

And, off this premise, Barbie went from strength to strength.

To date, it is estimated that over a billion varieties of the Barbie doll have been sold across 150 different countries - This makes her the most successful fashion doll to ever exist.

But, despite Barbie's popularity...

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And Ruth's pro-feminist philosophy when creating the doll, there have been many issues surrounding the fashion figurine.

Mattel has long promoted Barbie as a progressive and modern woman...

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And they have given her a variety of impressive and aspiring job roles, such as scientist and doctor, in the process.

But there was still an ongoing issue regarding Barbie's image...

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And no amount of impressive job titles would change it.

Let's start with the obvious...

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Barbie has consistently had a ridiculously unattainable appearance that seriously lacks in diversity.

Her shiny blonde hair, those sparkling blue eyes...

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And her minuscule cinched waist all contribute to a rather unrealistic beauty standard amongst young girls.

And, in recent years...

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The doll has been put under more and more scrutiny regarding her undiverse and, quite simply, unrealistic appearance.

Beauty standards amongst women has changed drastically in the last decade...

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And this has ultimately put a strain on Barbie's iconic, yet obviously overdone blonde-haired and blue-eyed aesthetic.

People have been calling to see a more diverse Barbie...

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And the doll's manufacturer, Mattel, clearly under pressure, has been working hard to broaden their diversity range amongst the dolls.

And amazingly, Barbie is now available in a range of different ethnicities...

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With a range of different, yet realistic, body shapes that represent all types of women.

The doll even caters to a variety of different religions...

Muslim women far and wide rejoiced when the hijab-wearing Barbie was unveiled in 2017.

And, last year, the first Barbie doll featuring a disability was unveiled...

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"Barbie in a wheelchair" and "Barbie with a prosthetic leg" were added to the Fashionistas range in February 2019. Kim Culmone, Vice President of Barbie Design, told Teen Vogue that one of the most frequent requests Mattel received was for a doll in a wheelchair. So, the company worked alongside people with disabilities to bring the dolls to life in the most accurate way possible.

These unique dolls were a hit...

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And they became the 2 best selling Barbie Fashionista dolls last year, the company claimed.

Barbie has inspired many other toy companies to include a wider range of diversity...

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But one doll manufacturer has come under fire for their most recent release.

The Dinglong Doll has released a pregnant Barbie-style doll...

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Amazon have titled it, "Dinglong Real Pregnant Doll Suit Mom Doll and Dress - Have A Baby In Her Tummy For Barbie," and it is pretty much what it says on the label... a pregnant Barbie doll.

The doll comes wearing either a blue or pink dress...

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The description reads, "This new & cute pregnant doll, with real pregnant body and wearing dress, carries a newborn baby in her tummy."

The doll comes equipped with a removable pregnant stomach...

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"This handmade outfit is skillfully designed. Our doll clothes provide years of wear and play, without having to worry! We guarantee your doll will always look her best!" the description goes on to say.

This stomach can be removed to see a (slightly creepy) little baby...

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"Appeared well made and quite cute... Suitable for parents to do some parenting practice and helpful for children to develop a good habit of self-reliance," the website says. Okay then...

Of course, this description is a little bit weird...

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And the fact that the doll only retails for $4 also rings alarm bells.

Parents are not impressed by the doll...

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Writing on Facebook, one mom said, "Think this is so wrong. Why do little girls need to know about reproduction, let kids be kids!" Another wrote, "I can understand maybe getting this for your child if you were pregnant and trying to explain to your child, but other than that, no just nooo!"

But the reviews say otherwise...

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"My 4-year-old granddaughter is baby and pregnancy daft at the moment and she saw this dolly somewhere so asked me to get it for her. As usual, Amazon came up trumps!" said one happy shopper.

"Money well spent"...

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"She absolutely loves this dolly and has great fun with it, it’s actually quite well made for the price of it – the tummy comes off and there’s a [little] baby inside," another happy mom said.

It seems that there's a slightly mixed opinion...

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But for $4... you can't really go wrong, can you! Keep scrolling to learn about more controversial dolls.