- By Vivien Williams
Mayo Clinic Minute: Barbie Gets a Makeover
If 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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