According to Mattel, Barbie will now come in four body types and seven skin tones, with 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. In all, 33 dolls will roll out in stages, spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said.
Ever since I can remember, I have loved playing with Barbies (no shame that I still enjoy wondering through the Barbie aisle at Target).
When we were younger, my sister and I would play beauty pageant competitions with all our dolls lined up – each one participating in the evening gown and talent categories.
Now – don’t get me wrong, I was not mad at Mattel before for making their age-old dolls in the same shape and size. The tiny waist lines and generous chest sizes did not bother me as a child – or the blonde hair for that matter (since I am a redhead).
It did not alter my self-worth or make me cringe at my shape – simply because I did not stack up to the image of my pretty Barbie dolls.
That’s because I have known for a while that my worth is not defined in what I look like or how tiny my waist line measures.
Every girl, who is a child of the King of Kings is breathtakingly gorgeous in their Creator’s eyes!
“And You call me beautiful. And say You’ve loved me all along. And You’ve always held the keys to unlock my soul. Oh, You call me beautiful.” – Ginny Owens
It is truly a breath of fresh air and a reminder (even though I am sure that Mattel did not intend for this type of reminder) that God calls you beautiful regardless of your shape, color and size.
He created you in his image – and said you were ‘very good’ in your mother’s womb.
“For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” – Deuteronomy 7:6
Bravo Mattel! I really hope this new roll-out of dolls truly impacts young girls and hints (even if in a discreet way) at the loving nature of Our Creator God.