Barbies of the World: Realistic or Racist?

Mexico Barbie, 2012

Barbies of the World: Realistic or Racist?

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?

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