• By Vivien Williams

Mayo Clinic Minute: Barbie Gets a Makeover

February 15, 2016

a little girl playing with Barbie dollsIf you open up the toy boxes of many American girls, you will likely find Barbie dolls. Barbie has been around since 1959, and now she is getting a major makeover. Mattel is releasing a new collection of Barbie dolls this year that are more physically accurate and introduce three new body types for Barbie — curvy, tall and petite. Plus, the new Barbies have varying skin tones.

Mayo Clinic Psychologist Dr. Jordan Rullo says the new Barbies are a welcome change, because the traditional dolls, with their super-skinny bodies, are not what most women look like. And that thin ideal could possibly have a negative impact on self-esteem and body image. Reporter Vivien Williams has more.

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