This photo shows "Barbie So In Style" designer Stacey McBride-Irby. Mattel has launched a new line of black Barbie dolls with fuller lips, a wider nose and more pronounced cheek bones - a far cry from Christie, Barbie's black friend who debuted in the 1960s and was essentially a white doll painted brown.
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This photo shows the "Barbie So In Style" Kara and Kianna dolls. The "So In Style" line, which hit mass retailers last month, features BFFs Grace, Kara and Trichelle, each with her own style and interests and a little sister she mentors: Courtney, Janessa and Kianna.
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This photo shows the "Barbie So In Style" Trichelle and Janessa dolls. The dolls reflect varying skin tones - light brown, chocolate, and caramel - and Trichelle and Kianna have curlier hair.
This photo shows the "Barbie So In Style" Grace and Courtney dolls. Barbie designer Stacey McBride-Irby, who is black and has a 6-year-old daughter, said she wanted to create a line of dolls for young black girls that looked like them and were inspirational and career-minded.