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Barbie expands collection to include 'tall, curvy and petite' dolls. Updated Barbie, long the stereotypical blue-eyed blonde bombshell, has been given a makeover.

Barbie expands collection to include 'tall, curvy and petite' dolls

The iconic doll will now be available in three new body-types — tall, petite and curvy. The best-selling doll's manufacturer Mattel announced the new looks, ending a 56-year-old tradition of Barbie having just one physique: unrealistically perfect. The new dolls join Barbie's Fashionista line, which will now feature four body-types. It will also have seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles — an acknowledgement, belated for some, that women come in many sizes and shapes.

"Barbie reflects the world girls see around them," Mattel president and CEO Richard Dickson said in a statement. Why a Barbie with textured hair and a curvy body matters. Playing with Barbies was a significant part of my childhood growing up in the 80s.

Why a Barbie with textured hair and a curvy body matters

Barbie was ruler of her kingdom (Steven existed in it on her terms). Of my friends I had the biggest collection with a couple dozen dolls. Every Christmas and birthday I was adding to the wonderful world of Barbie with everything from the drop top pink Corvette to the magical motorhome. The way I accessorized the dolls in skirts paired with high heels was an art. Occasionally I’d take the scissors to chop the long straight hair into an angled bob. Although the original waifish, blonde hair blue-eyed Barbie reigned supreme on toy store shelves, I only had black Barbies. Yesterday Mattel announced its revolutionary three new body shapes for Barbie: curvy, petite and tall.

Barbie’s makeover was a long time coming. How the new body shapes materialized wasn’t wholly a moral good deed on Mattel’s part. “It’s called fat, not curvy,” wrote one commenter. “Fat pig barbie. How Muscles Work. Muscles are one of those things that most of us take completely for granted, but they are incredibly important for two key reasons: Muscles are the "engine" that your body uses to propel itself.

How Muscles Work

Although they work differently than a car engine or an electric motor, muscles do the same thing -- they turn energy into motion.It would be impossible for you to do anything without your muscles. Absolutely everything that you conceive of with your brain is expressed as muscular motion. The only ways for you to express an idea are with the muscles of your larynx, mouth and tongue (spoken words), with the muscles of your fingers (written words or "talking with your hands") or with the skeletal muscles (body language, dancing, running, building or fighting, to name a few). ­ Because muscles are so crucial to any animal, they are incredibly sophisticated. ­ When most people think of "muscles," they think about the muscles that we can see.

Bad body image. Ninety-seven per cent of women will say something bad about their body today.

Bad body image

Here's how to turn things around. Women have an average of 13 negative things to say about themselves each day, according to a recent US survey. The quest for the "perfect" body has become normal for many women. The cost of this social issue is it continues to churn out generations of women who believe they are not good enough. Fiona Falkiner talks weight loss journey, diet and being comfortable in her own skin. TV host Fiona Falkiner talks to Rosie King about her roller-coaster weight-loss journey, her health routines and how she’s finally learnt to be comfortable in her own skin At 22 and a size 20, Fiona Falkiner was disgusted by her own reflection.

Fiona Falkiner talks weight loss journey, diet and being comfortable in her own skin

Even after dropping a staggering 29.5kg as a contestant on The Biggest Loser in 2006, the stunning blonde from country Victoria still didn’t like what she saw when she looked in the mirror. “I’d always blamed my insecurities on my weight,” she says. “But here I was, a healthy size 12 and I still hated what I looked like. It made me realise that my insecurities had nothing to do with what size I was, it had to do with my mindset.” It’s almost a decade since Falkiner finished fourth in the first series of Network Ten’s much-loved weight-loss show and the difference 10 years has made to her mind and body is astonishing. Positive Vibes Health and happiness haven’t come easily for Falkiner, though. “I see someone who’s happy and healthy,” she says. 1.