I liked Barbies. As many post-Soviet female kids did here. We never thought we had to “look like Barbies”, certainly no more than we had to “look like” any other type of doll we had. Here’s an example of what Soviet dolls were like.
I always thought, though, that Barbie herself was the least attractive and least creatively designed one out of the whole family. I still have my Mermaid Skipper and a handful of “Barbie’s Li’l Friends” somewhere… now those were da bomb. Those photos I found off the web don’t really do them justice. I’ll try to take better ones whenever I find my dolls.
And looking at those new body molds, it seems that poor Barbie is just becoming uglier. I don’t mind the idea of those new body shapes, but the way they are designed is kinda meh. Very imbalanced and even less realistic than the 90s Barbie bodies used to be.
And there is no “athletic plus size” (“Amazon”? whatevah, longtime readers will know what I mean) Barbie either.