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Tattooed Barbie Doll Sparks Debate

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

A new Barbie doll that is being marketed as a collector’s item–with a $50 pricetag to match–is sparking discussion across the blogosphere because the doll has permanent tattoos.

The doll is made by Mattel and sold by tokidoki, a Japanese-inspired brand that makes fashion accessories, vinyl toys, watches, makeup, and skateboards.  In addition to the doll itself, tokidoki sells Barbie-inspired apparel featuring the iconic dolls with small tattoos on her neck.

Mattel insists that the doll is a limited-edition specialty item for adult Barbie collectors, and it is not being marketed to children.  But parents have mixed opinions on the matter.  From The Huffington Post:

Some parents aren’t too thrilled about tokidoki Barbie, stating the doll’s fashion sense and upper body tattoos set a bad example for young children.

“If I give it to [my daughter] she will think [tattoos are] okay. She may want to go get some,” Virginia resident Bill Smith told ABC 13 News.

“It’s teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that,” Virginia resident Kevin Buckner also told the station.

However, others are pointing out that Barbie’s new look is better than the alternative.

“I much prefer tattoos to unrealistic proportions and the message that the most important thing is to be pretty and get a boy. Good for you Mattel for making a doll a little more like the rest of us. I consider it a tiny step in the right direction,” stated a comment featured on Babble blog, ‘Strollerderby.’

(image via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/)

 

 

 

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