Mattel’s “Dolls of the World” line, which was introduced 30 years ago is being criticized for Mexico Barble. All of the Dolls of the World Barbies are dressed in traditional garb and carry a passport.
“Poor Mexico Barbie. She just wants to teach girls “about the culture, traditions and ancestral dress of Mexico,” according to her online description. Little did she know her two possessions, a passport and a Chihuahua, would stir up an argument over cultural diversity.”
“China Barbie, for example, wears a red silk embroidered gown and comes packaged with a panda tucked under her arm. India Barbie wears a sari and has a pet monkey. The beret-capped French Barbie does not come with an animal, but can offer buyers a basket of baguettes instead.
“Mexico Barbie has long, black wavy hair, tied back in a purple bow, and is “dressed for a fabulous fiesta” in a pink dress with ruffles, ribbons and lace. However, her accessories of a Chihuahua dog and a “passport and sticker sheet to help record Barbie doll’s travels” have raised eyebrows.
All Barbies in the “Dolls of the World” collection come with passports, but some people are wondering whether it’s appropriate for Mexico Barbie to have one because of the current immigration debate.”
There is a photo of the doll on the Today.com website. I think she is pretty. If all the dolls in that line come with the passport then I don’t think it’s being racist for her to have it. It’s just what comes with the line. I think the Chihuahua could be a little more questionable but it is a Mexican breed.
Somehow American Girl has managed to carry off dolls of color without generally offending people. They have their historical dolls lines that includes Josefina, who is from New Mexico and she is in traditional garb. There is also Kaya, who is Native American and in her traditional garb. There is also Rebecca Rubin who is Jewish. See what you think of her outfit – is it stereotypical or because from a particular era, it’s not an issue?
What do you think? Is this completely a non-problem or do you find Mexico Barbie to be stereotypical? Would you buy Mexico Barbie for your child? Would you buy the French, Chinese or Indian dolls?