As has already been noticed by disappointed collectors, the new Fashionista bodies do not have much articulation. It was odd to handle a Barbie body that does not even have bendy-click knees. I took pictures of how far she can move her legs to the side, and front to back.
Barbie Millicent Roberts may have started life as a teenager, but over the course of her life, Mattel has changed her into an adult. She's no longer a student teacher or a candy-striper volunteer at the hospital, but a full-fledged teacher, nurse or doctor. I wasn't upset about how older bodies looked, nor do I think a Barbie doll is the only influence on what a little girl thinks she will look like when she grows up. For many of us, Barbie was not an influence on our idea of womanly bodies at all. We looked to actual women for that. But if there is a real market for a Barbie who looks more like a grown-up woman, this Barbie's pear-shaped body is not bad. We'll see if there are truly people who wanted a more womanly figure, or if only those who make a living shrieking about the latest outrage were calling for this. Hopefully, if Curvy Barbie sells well and stays around, she'll get more articulation. Maybe just bending elbows and knees? Even if I wasn't one of the ones calling for this change, I do like the new Barbie in town.