Mattel has issued a statement regarding its alleged lack of an Asian doll in its Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection.
The backlash: The latest wave of criticism started after Barbie repromoted the five-doll collection on July 28. Social media users alleged that none of the toys looked “Asian,” despite the fact that the Games were in Tokyo and that Asians had been winning medals from day one.
Barbie’s new collection of “medical role model” dolls highlighting healthcare workers features an Asian American doll designed after Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz.
Cruz’s doll: Cruz, an internal medicine physician from Las Vegas, was chosen as the U.S. representative due to her work advocating for Asian Americans, reported Fox Business.
Barbie is being called out on social media after the Mattel brand repromoted its Tokyo 2020 collection without visible “Asian” representation.
The collection: First unveiled in February 2020, the collection was designed by Mattel as part of a licensing agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It features five dolls reflecting five sports debuting or returning in the Tokyo Games, namely (1) baseball/softball, (2) sport climbing, (3) karate, (4) skateboarding and (5) surfing.
Mattel designed a new Barbie doll modeled after tennis star Naomi Osaka as part of their Role Model series.
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, the first Malaysian artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics in 20 years, has been named a “Shero” by American toy company Mattel.
Farah, 26, is also the first Malaysian woman to have a Barbie modeled after her, according to SAYS.
Jian Yang is an avid Barbie doll collector who happens to be quite talented in designing and creating fancy dresses for his Barbie dolls.
A self-confessed “toy nerd,” the 38-year-old collector from Singapore has been building his collection since he was a teenager. With over 6,000 Barbie dolls (plus thousands of other assorted dolls and action figures), Yang is known as one of the world’s biggest Barbie collectors.
American toy company Mattel revealed all the inspiring women featured in its Barbie “Global Role Models” lineup, including Chinese actress and philanthropist Guan Xiaotong and prima ballerina Yuanyuan Tan.
Born in September 1997, Guan, who is currently dating former EXO member Luhan, began her acting career as a child star in the 2003 movie “Nuan”. The 20-year-old actress also appeared in the Chinese epic fantasy film “The Promise” by Chen Kaige, Shanghaiist reported.
Chloe Kim is among the select few included in Barbie’s batch of new dolls based on real-life figures as part of its “Inspiring Women” lineup.
Mattel introduced the 17 new dolls honoring historic and modern-day role models on Tuesday, just days ahead of March 8, the International Women’s Day, NBC reports.
One adorable little girl named Korra Lam wanted to follow in the footsteps of Asian tradition by removing her Barbie dolls’ shoes before she places them in her Barbie Dream House.
The 4-year-old from Orange County, California, got the dollhouse as a Christmas present, but it wasn’t until Sunday that her 16-year-old half-sister, Ivy Ho, realized that Korra was taking off all the Barbie dolls’ shoes.
Imagine going back to the apartment of one super crazed Barbie fan who claims to have spent $70,000 on her extensive Barbie collection.
Azusa Sakamoto, who prefers to be called Azusa Barbie, is literally a Barbie girl living in her pink Barbie world. The 34-year-old’s obsession apparently started at the young age of 15.