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With the Barbie movie releasing very soon, Barbie toys are on fire, and we love that for her. Because giving your kid the gift of Barbie toys is giving them an entire world to play with. The iconic toy is more diverse than ever, with different body shapes, abilities, gender representations, and styles. And that change is wonderful if you consider the outsized impact Barbie has on kids growing up.
I was chatting with my coworkers about their love of Barbie growing up, and it’s equal parts heartwarming and hilarious. For example, Kori Williams, one of our content strategists often received Barbies as gifts growing up, and she says that “they were one of the only toys I really played with. Looking back they were such a creative outlet.” She also admitted to creating a bit of a rivalry between her Barbies and her Bratz dolls, which I appreciate. Our senior digital art director, Bridget Clegg, used to turn a closet into a whole world of Barbie, even making elevators for her dolls. Her parents have kept a ton of her and her sister’s Barbies to this day. Another coworker of mine who shall not be named admitted that Barbie may have been his first crush. And as for me, I bought my daughter so many Barbies, and the scenarios she came up with for them rivaled any telenovela.
Needless to say, we're all enamored with Barbie toys, and with all the new styles, there's a lot to love and will be gifting them to the kids in our lives. Here's a sampling of our favorites.
Cat Bowen has been writing about all things parenting for well over a decade. She spends her days researching, reviewing, and testing everything from strollers to breast pumps to changing tables. Her work has been featured in Romper, Bustle, and franchised across dozens of media outlets. In her spare time she loves volunteering at her kids' schools, reading everything she can get her hands on, running, and cooking for her family.
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