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Meet Hijarbie, The Mini Hijab-Wearing Fashionista

24-year-old Haneefah Adam of Nigeria, wasn’t seeing any Barbies dressed in the same way she did — wearing modest clothing that covers the body. So she started an Instagram  account, called Hijarbie where she showcases Barbie in a variety of hand-sewn modest outfits and hijabs.

“I want to inspire the Muslim girl. It’s about having a doll that looks like her, that represents her own cultural and religious background” 

“It’s important to create a sense of value in the Muslim child, especially the girl child,” Adam told Mic. “They become more confident, more driven, they believe more in themselves, which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing. Instead of dressing up her dolls in clothes she wouldn’t wear, hijabifying it will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact." 


In what is being heralded as the biggest, boldest move in the franchise’s 57+ year history, Mattel’s flagship and household fixture “Barbie” announced today (January 28, 2016) that they would be expanding their Fashionista line to introduce three new body types that will be sold alongside their svelte “Original”. They are “Tall”, “Curvy”, and “Petite”.

In recent years, with the rising popularity of doll lines highlighting and celebrating the unique differences among people in our world (like Mattel’s own Monster High), Barbie’s popularity (and sales) have seen significant declines… enough so that, behind the scenes within the company, an initiative to revamp the legendary doll; virtually, from the ground up. Within the company, this push to redefine and rediscover Barbie’s essence and her place in the modern world was code-named Project Dawn. What you see above is the culmination of that work; 4 body types, 7 different skin tones, 22 different eye colors, and 24 individual hairstyles (to say nothing of face sculpts).

Anyone who’s followed us for a significant amount of time know that I (Mod Ren) am a huge fan of fashion dolls… So, naturally, I have a lot to say about this development…

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was looking up black Barbie dolls and found some gorgeous ones.

so darn realistic and beyond beautiful

I like how she doesn’t just have an afro.

nice and not the typical dark skinned Barbie like back in the days

shes pretty too. don’t know why shes naked.

I was pleased with the various colors and hair styles of these dolls just like in real life. they weren’t wearing “hip hop" clothing. or anything stereotypically “black”. and it makes me want to make a Barbie doll now.


WEEK 9 - WORKSHOP - Recipe Progress

I printed out 2 of my concepts into mini prototypes. Discussing with people in class I think I’m going forward with the Barbie dolls look- as it brought that eeriness and robotic future vibe that I was going for and everyone seemed to be more interested with the dolls vibe.

With that I’m going to look for more diverse Barbie dolls and do more photoshoot to get a more dynamic imagery and really play around with creating an interesting imagery.

I might also change the paper layout of it cause I think printing 25 of the a5 in that length can be a bit pricey and draining. But will see with that.

I also have to look through the right type and text that will be a better harmony with the imagery. And think if I’d like more text or less.

Barbie gets a makeover

The politically correct culture in this country is out of control. If you don’t like Barbie, then don’t buy it. It’s pretty simple. 
Sam Adams

I don’t understand why some people are so negative about this change. Mattel is just producing more variety with its dolls. I think it’s great.
Stef Sears

Barbie dolls will come in several new body types and a variety of skin tones, Mattel announced last week. What do you think about these changes? Check out more reader comments, then share your view.