Mattel’s new Barbie line now features gender-neutral dolls with different skin and body types, including one with a skin condition like vitiligo, another with no hair, as well as one with a prosthetic limb.
It is part of the Barbie Dream Gap Project, a social initiative to raise awareness around factors that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.
Manasi Joshi is included in Barbie’s new edition of dolls, honouring women from all walks of life who have achieved above and beyond.
She's been a princess, a president, a Marine Corps sergeant, an astronaut and a Star Wars stormtrooper. In Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival, Barbie is even a skeleton.
Mattel Inc reported a surprise rise in quarterly sales and forecast more growth in the holiday season, as retailers rushed to restock their shelves of Barbie dolls and other toys in high demand from stuck-at-home kids.