Barbie, the beloved plastic doll, celebrated her 65th anniversary with a flourish, showcasing a plethora of diverse dolls. Created in 1959 by Ruth Handler and inspired by her daughter Barbara, Barbie has continued to evolve over the decades. What started as a representation of a singular notion of beauty has transformed into a symbol of inclusivity, with dolls now available in a wide range of skin tones, hairstyles, and body shapes.

In the present day, Barbie dolls offer an extensive selection, featuring 35 different skin tones, 97 hairstyles, and nine body types. Notably, Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has introduced dolls representing various disabilities, such as wheelchairs, Down Syndrome, and vitiligo. This expansion signals a departure from Barbie’s past criticisms and demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in doll representation. Despite these strides, concerns remain regarding Barbie’s historical impact on body image and gender stereotypes. Nevertheless, Mattel continues to listen to feedback from diverse communities, ensuring that Barbie remains relevant and resonates with contemporary audiences. The success of the 2023 “Barbie” movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, further solidified Barbie’s cultural significance, adding depth to her legacy. Collaborating with lead designer Carlyle Nuera, Barbie continues to reinvent herself, introducing new styles and representations to captivate audiences worldwide. As Barbie embarks on her 66th year, her journey of diversity and inclusion promises to continue, inspiring generations to come.