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The Real African American Barbie Specialists – “Ethnically correct doll” Fuller lips Broader noses Wider hips Higher butts Culturally specific clothes Variations in hair
Barbie in Japan White Barbie – unsuccessful “The too beautiful doll” Smiling expression Cover mouths Eyes: wide open Confident/arrogant Reserved Clothes: striking, independent, easy money, and expensive Unappealing
Japanese Barbie Mild expression Slightly parted lips Brown eyes Pale skin Smaller breasts Flat feet Hair pulled back
Mexican Barbie Bright colors on a cotton printed dress and a traditional braid
Dutch Barbie Blond braids, starched cap, long striped skirt and clogs make up famous folkloric costumes
Hawaiian/Polynesian Barbie Long black hair, headdress and lei of tropical flowers, and grass skirt for dancing the hula
Ghanaian Barbie Printed dress with bright tribal designs
Indian Barbie Traditional sari and jewelry and a caste mark on her forehead
Malaysian Barbie Asian features and costumes add exoticism
Overview Mattel Inc. Handler family Lilli Barbie Millicent Roberts (1959) First Barbie = White Barbie First Black Barbie Distinguishing Features
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