As we reported on Tuesday, Mattel’s new and improved black Barbie line was released this week, but it is already being criticized by some African-American girls who claim the company went too far with the dolls associated “hip hop” accessories.
The New York Daily News showed the new “So In Style” trio of dolls – Grace, Kara and Trichelle – to several girls in New York to get feedback.
“Not all black people like hip hop,” said Barbara Mootoo, 15, of Manhattan, looking at Kara’s silver rope chain necklace. “They gave her a chain like a 50 Cent video.”
Tyaine Danclaire, 15, of the Bronx, liked Trichelle’s straight, long hair because it looked like “a weave,” but she thought the idea “was sorta racist.” She continued, “They say black girls are ghetto with the gold earrings, with the big bling; I don’t agree with that.”
Veteran Barbie designer Stacey McBride-Irby, an African-American mother of two, created the dolls so her kids could have toys that look like their neighborhood friends.
Meet the designer here:
“Barbie Finally Goes Ethnic”
Mattel announced today their introduction of new Black Barbie dolls. The new dolls have fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinct cheekbones and curlier hair. Deemed the “So In Style” line, or S.I.S, the line features Kara, Trichelle and Grace who are three best friends in tune with fashion, fun and music.
Take a look at the dolls below:
And don’t worry ladies, the dolls come with “Aqua Curl” technology that allows you to curl, straighten and style their doll’s hair with a spray of water and hair styling tools.