Pink, Play And Power: Gender Stereotypes And Toys

Vanessa Rogers | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Rogers

Watching TV on catch up last night I was delighted to see Mary Portas on Channel 4, Barbie - the most famous doll in the world, but dismayed as I saw her explore the links between gender stereotypes and the toys children play with

Missguided And Barbie Have Created A Fashion Range, And It's Cool AF

The Huffington Post | Susan Devaney | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Style

Fashion retailer Missguided has collaborated with Barbie on fashion collection, and it’s cool AF. Featuring 43 pieces in the range - from tops and ...

ManBun Ken Has Provoked Such Strong Feelings It May Make You Want To Throw Out Your Hairbands

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Style

Ken’s new man bun has brought to the fore our conflicting feelings about this divisive style choice. We’ve never seen such a hilariously overwroug...

There Are Now 40 New Barbie And Ken Dolls With Different Body Types, Hairstyles And Skin Tones

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents

Barbie and Ken have been remodelled to “redefine” what a doll looks like to the next generation of children. The 40 different doll options in Matt...

Barbie Just Had A Gigi Hadid Makeover - And It's Scarily Accurate

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Style

Gigi Hadid has hit a major career highlight, having a Barbie doll made in her image - and a frighteningly accurate one at that. Mattel has unveiled a ...

Ashley Graham's Barbie Has Thighs That Touch And We Want One

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Trailblazing model and body image campaigner Ashley Graham can now add “Barbie” to her impressive CV. The 28-year-old was presented with a doll th...

'White Savior Barbie' Perfectly Parodies Volunteer Abroad Selfies

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Move over Hipster Barbie, there's a new parody Instagram account in town. 'White Savior Barbie' recreates cliché travel photos middle class twenty-so...

How Barbie Corrupts Our Daughters' Career Aspirations

Gwendi Klisa | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Gwendi Klisa

We are being misled to think Barbie is empowered because she's wearing shrubs, a suit, overall, uniform or geeky T-Shirt. But Barbie can't actively use her body to walk, jump, or, in fact, work. She was made to be an object we look at and kit out. What she wears when she's boarding a jet is more important than how fast she can fly it.

Watch Out Barbie! Kendall And Gigi Are After Your Crown

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Style

Barbie had better be watching her back because Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are after her title as the Queen of Pink. The supermodel besties, who ...

Everything Is Awesome in Lego Land... Now it's Barbie's Turn to Recognise Disabled Young People

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

When I was a child, I hated being given dolls for my birthday or Christmas. Most of them were glamorous, blonde and pretty and that certainly wasn't me! Like many other young girls, I would enthusiastically mutilate my Barbie dolls.

Why the New 'Body-Diverse' Barbies Miss the Mark Entirely

Jamie Khoo | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Khoo

Last week, the world exploded with the news that Barbie is now available in a body diverse range. The world's most famous doll is now also available in versions that are curvier, tall, petite and of different skin tones - supposedly more realistic reflections of 'real women.'

Barbie Fashionistas Bring Body Diversity and Mad Shoe Game

Sarah McGiven | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Now, thanks to Mattel's latest major makeover of the iconic best-selling doll - continuing 2015's expansion which added 23 new skin tones, a variety of hair colours and a flat foot so she could ditch those perma-heels - Barbie's enduring appeal just got a little closer to home for millions of kids worldwide.

Are the New Curvy, Tall and Petite Barbies Healthy Role Models or Just Another Kind of Stereotype?

BritChick Paris | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Having role models that bust these perceptions is a huge step forward, but it is equally important not to single them out for being different. It's as if to say, if you don't look like the super skinny version, then somehow you're not normal. Most kids want to feel normal so will they really ask for the 'curvy version?'. Will they want to be seen with it?

Why Barbie's New Look Is None of Our Business

Amy Jewell | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jewell

When I played with Barbie, I didn't care what she looked like. I wasn't interested in the size of her boobs or waist. I wasn't even particularly interested in her array of outfits or stilettos. Like thousands of other girls, I'm sure, I cared more about what she could be, what she could do.

Now We've Got Curvy Barbie, People Are Calling For 'Dad Bod' Ken

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In the first time in her 57-year existence, Barbie has had a makeover. Now, little girls (and boys) can play with tall, curvy and petite Barbie - as w...

Barbie Unveils New 'Curvy' Doll To Mixed Reactions

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Mattel has announced the release of three new Barbie body types - tall, curvy and petite - which will grace its 2016 Fashionistas range. The dolls...

Expecting Too Much?

Sarah Turner | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Turner

For once I would be able to hold his hand and properly chat to him without simultaneously having to steer the pushchair and placate the baby with some yoghurt raisins. It was going to be perfect.

'Boys Like Dolls Too': Barbie Ad Praised For Challenging Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents

A Barbie advert has been praised for challenging gender stereotypes of children's toys. In the 30 second clip a little boy declares, "Moschino Barb...

Feminist Barbie Advert Receives Mixed Response

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Barbie has, over the years, taken a lot of flack for her non-feminist ways. She's the doll with unrealistic bodily proportions, an obsession for pi...

Barbie Gets A Fashion Week Makeover From Makeup Legend Pat McGrath

Rosy Cherrington | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Style

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, and it seems that everyone is getting in on the haute couture action... even our childhood toys. As part of th...

'Hipster Barbie' Proves How Inauthentic We All Are On Instagram

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From fiddling with our food until it looks perfect on the plate, to filtering landscape shots so they look more like a Van Gogh painting than the Brit...

This Texas Student Was Banned From Driving, So She Got A Barbie Jeep Instead

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Most people would err on the side of caution after being slapped with a drink-driving ban, but not Texan student Tara Monroe - who now cruises around ...

Doll Parts: Designer Barbie Style for Grown-Ups

Sarah McGiven | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Admittedly you won't catch me playing with my (amazing) Crystal Barbie any more, but I'm definitely still partial to a Barbie tee or accessory. They make me smile and are a reminder not to take life so seriously. Plus, Barbie is always getting a super cool makeover courtesy of some chic brand or other, so there's that too.

You Can Now Own Real Life Barbie Dream Shoes

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Style

If you spent your childhood envisioning owning Barbie's hyper-girly, bubblegum pink shoes, your dreams are about to become a reality. Shoe designer...

Amazing Barbie Makeup Transformation In Just 90 Seconds

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Style

Watching a makeup artist transform herself into Barbie never fails to amuse us, but seeing the transformation take place in less than 90 seconds is tr...