Mattel to release new line of inclusive Barbie dolls

Mattel is sharing the first look at a new line of inclusive Barbies that is expected to hit store shelves in June.

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Mattel, the parent company of Barbie, shared the first look at new dolls that are inclusive on Wednesday, according to People Magazine. The new dolls will be joining the 2022 Barbie Fashionistas Line and will be a part of their over 175 different dolls. It will feature dolls with different skin tones, body types, and disabilities including a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, among others.

“Dip into new #Barbie Fashion Dolls - our most diverse and inclusive doll line, offering a variety of skin tones, eye colors, hair colors and textures, body types, disabilities, and fashions, to inspire even more stories,” Barbie posted on Instagram.

According to CNN, some of the body type changes that are being made include fuller figures, slender, and less-muscular male dolls. The idea of the new dolls is so that people can buy dolls that resemble them.

“Barbie wholeheartedly believes in the power of representation, and as the most diverse doll line on the market, we are committed to continuing to introduce dolls featuring a range of skin tones, body types and disabilities to reflect the diversity kids see in the world around them. It’s important for kids to see themselves reflected in product and to encourage play with dolls that don’t resemble them to help them understand and celebrate the importance of inclusion.” -- Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls, Mattel, says in a press release.

The new dolls will be available to buy at Amazon, Target and Walmart in June for $9.99.