Barbies of the World: Realistic or Racist?

Photo by: Mattel.com
Mexico Barbie, 2012
The 2012 Mexico Barbie wears what Barbie Collection Designer Linda Kyaw calls an "incredible Barbie pink gown," a single purple ribbon in her wavy brown hair, ... more 
Photo by: Mattel.com
Mexico Barbie, 2012
The 2012 Mexico Barbie wears what Barbie Collection Designer Linda Kyaw calls an "incredible Barbie pink gown," a single purple ribbon in her wavy brown hair, and accessorizes with a Chihuahua. But if Mattel was looking for authenticity, "She should have braids woven through with ribbons," Adriana Velez, who describes herself as Mexican-American, writes at Cafe Mom. "She could have a white blouse with colorful embroidery and a woven shawl. Hell, they could have just called up a photo of the most iconic Mexican ever, Frida Kahlo, and copied the look. Instead they gave her some vague pink thing with ruffles." less 
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Thu, Apr 11, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
There are more than 200 Barbies in Mattel's Dolls of the World collection, all dressed in costumes that pay homage to different countries. The collection debuted in 1980 with Parisian, British, and Italian dolls, but the more-modern versions are causing controversy now: The 2013 Mexico Barbie, in particular, has been called out by critics for being offensive rather than educational. "Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play," a Mattel spokesperson told Yahoo! Shine. Take a look at some of their newest offerings and decide for yourself: Are these ethnic Barbie dolls stunning, or simply stereotypical? -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine.