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barbie realistic fashion Hijarbie on Instagram Makes the Case for Glamorous, Modest Doll Fashion
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On the tails of the release of more realistic Barbie body types, Hijarbie is the fashionable Instagram project of Haneefa Adam, a Nigerian woman who runs a modest fashion company called Hanie. A sizeable population of women in the world are Muslim and wear hijab, so it's no surprise why this Barbie who dresses fashionably in hijabs and abayas is so popular. 



Barbie is known for her beautiful outfits, and this is no exception. Adam is hoping to introduce some realistic diversity into Barbie's closet. Much of the inspiration for this doll comes from fashion icons who also specialize pairing their hijab with stylish clothes. 

barbie realism image Dad Bod Ken Isn't Headed for the Shelves but You Can Still Imagine What He'd Look Like
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After decades of inspiring unattainable beauty standards, Barbie finally got a slightly more realistic makeover. Featuring tall, short, and plump Barbies, kids could finally get one that looks a little more like them. 

Not one minute after Barbie's new looks were announced, the (mostly male) people cried out, "Where's my Dadbod Ken?".  Well here he is, in all his Dadly glory.  Lyst, a clothing retailer, hired someone to do this mock-up of realistic Kens. There's beach Dadbod Ken, chubby, balding Ken. They also added in petite, hipster, Black and Asian Ken dolls to add to the line of realistic Kens.  

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Barbie has gotten a lot of criticism for her unrealistic body.  Lately the makers of Barbie have tried to move away from the embodiment of unattainable standards for women and focus on something more aspirational.  First they started a campaign encouraging young girls (and boys) to use Barbie to be whatever they want to be.  Now they've added three new body types, tall, short and curvy, to try to address the body image issues that Barbie is famous for. 

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barbie ava duvernay Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Has a Barbie Doll That Looks Exactly Like Her
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Ava DuVernay is best known for directing the Oscar Nominated movie Selma in 2014. The Ava Barbie was one of six unique Barbie dolls made to look like influencial women for Variety magazine's Power of Women Luncheon in April.  

People have apparently been staring at their screens waiting for it to be available.


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Now the doll is finally out for the public to purchase. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit non-profits. 



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Both Witness and ColorofChange.org are non-profits dedicated to human and civil rights. 


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Dolls—they're not only for girls!

In a first for toy company Mattel, a advertisement for a new Barbie features a boy.

The limited edition Moschino Barbie is outfitted in the fashion design house's clothes, and is a parody of an ad that ran in the 1980s. The young boy, who proclaims the doll "So fierce!" represents American fashion designer Jeremy Scott.

Scott told CBS News why a boy was chosen for the ad:

"When I dreamed up the concept for the Moschino Barbie fauxmercial, I felt it was natural to have a little boy representing for all the little boys like myself who played with Barbies growing up," Scott said in an emailed statement. "Barbie was more than a toy -- she was a muse!"

Boy or girl, Moschino Barbie ain't cheap. The fabulous dolls are going for $250+ on eBay.

Genius Idea of the Day: Texas Student Rides Barbie Jeep Around Campus After DWI Arrest
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That's one way to deal with having your license suspended.

Texas State student Tara Monroe is turning heads and catching the attention of the Internet after deciding to use a very unusual mode of transportation on campus—a hot pink and purple Barbie Jeep.

Monroe's license was suspended after refusing a breathalyzer test while leaving a Waka Flocka concert, she told MySA.com.

The industrial engineering junior decided to purchase the Barbie Jeep on Craigslist for $60, and she named it after the little girl she bought the jeep from—Charlene.

Since Monroe started going around town with Charlene, the college student has become sort of a minor celebrity. Other students post pictures of her on Snapchat and Twitter quite regularly.

"This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame," she said. "Basically, it was the best decision I've made in college, yet…"

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The book "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" sounds promising from the title, but as many have discovered, the plot turns out to be a misogynistic disaster.

In the story (which was released in 2013), Barbie is designing a video game (yay!), but instead of doing the coding herself, she requires the help of two men (boo!). Because try as she might, it takes more than a silly girl with a heart-shaped flash drive necklace to do the heavy lifting, according to the children's story.

After infecting everyone's computers with a virus, and begging for help from her friends Steven and Brian, Barbie ends up taking all the credit for her completed game.

As a result of this discovery, the Internet has decided to re-write the book.

On the site "Feminist Hacker Barbie," users can submit their own take on the story, to "help Barbie be the competent, independent, bad-ass engineer that she wants to be."



Casey Fiesler, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, has also remixed her own version of the story.



Her main issue with the book:

The problem isn't even that Barbie isn't a 'real' computer scientist because she isn't coding. (I am one of those mostly-non-coding computer scientists myself, though now I'm tempted to make a game about robot puppies shooting lasers anyway.) The problem is the assumption that she is a designer, not a coder, and the coders are boys.

Maybe the new "normal Barbie" Lammily will be more successful at an engineering career.

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