Barbie gets the makeover the world has been waiting for: More diverse body types

January 28, 2016 2:57 PM

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For years now, you’ve heard a familiar refrain about Barbie dolls: What kind of message are we sending to girls when the beloved toy comes with the kind of body proportions that aren’t even realistic for a supermodel?

On Thursday, Mattel announced a major makeover to the doll that is squarely aimed at addressing those concerns — and, to be sure, is also a bid to shore up sales at a pivotal moment for the toymaking giant.

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