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Mexican Mariachi Barbie Is Coming

The Mattel corporation is set to release a Mexican Barbie in traditional mariachi costume just in time for Mexican Independence Day. She has brown skin and black hair and has a different face than the regular blond Aryan Barbie. It’s not like back in the day when they would just paint Barbie dark brown and call her Black. The doll is part of the Barbie Dolls of the World Collection and is meant to celebrate,

“One of Mexico’s most representative traditions in music and culture….She is ready to celebrate with Mexico these national holidays.”

Some might ask why a Mexican Barbie has to be dressed like a Mariachi? Can’t she just be a normal girl that can be a doctor, lawyer, or pilot like White Barbie? This isn’t the first Mexican Barbie to cause controversy. Last year Mattel released a Mexican Barbie in a frilly dress, a passport, and a chihuahua. It was like she was ready to cross the border with her dog and go to a quince. Representation is important and it’s crucial that young Latinas see themselves in the media and toys that entertain and educate them. Barbie has always sent very clear messages. In the past she was just a pretty girl who wanted nothing but to ride around in a convertible with Ken and live in a dream house. Later, they gave her several careers to show that women can do any job a man can do. She still has completely unrealistic body proportions. Why should young Latinas be spared from body image issues caused by an anorexic doll? Mariachi Barbie is a bit of a stereotype but I guess she’s better than nothing. Also, is it just me or does she look more like Kim Kardashian than a Mexican girl?

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