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The Barbie doll represents many things in American society but at the end of the day she is just a doll While Barbie is a strong positive figure she was created to be a doll not a social icon Barbie is basically a three-dimensional portrait supposedly an accurate representation of an average modern American woman Of course the perceptions of average modern and American have all changed over the years since Barbies conceived in 1959 The dolls image has evolved too both in an effort to keep up with the times and in response to much scrutiny by the women she is supposed to represent While some people view Barbie as a negative figure that presents an impossible body image to women she can also be viewed as an empowering figure used to show young girls today that they could be anything they want to be by working at being any job that they desire The new Barbie dolls reflect the trend of diversification Barbie is represented today in forty-five different nationalities she has many different hair eye and skin colors so that children can see themselves in the doll Barbies image raises issue of identification and diversity that is so fundamental in America today In 1980 Mattel introduced the first Black Barbie and the first Hispanic Barbie Both dolls have modified skin tones hair colors and facial features 1 Now there are dolls created in most all images For example In 1997 Barbies friend Share a Smile Becky was the first doll introduced in a wheelchair1 To dress these new and improved dolls close to one billion fashions have been made for Barbie She also has countless accessories ranging from homes to hair care Barbie has everything a real girl could imagine The only area of life that has not been adequately addressed is larger body type The original Barbie dolls were large busted they had small waists tiny feet and make-up that was
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