Move over Nicki Minaj! There’s a new Barbie in town. Ok, well, she’s not a Barbie, she’s Fashion Royalty by popular designer, Jason Wu. Integrity Toys has an entire backstory connected to many of their characters and Adele Makeda was the first to be introduced to the masses via a tantalizing photograph that made its rounds on the internet. Labels like “ghetto” have been used to refer to the scantily clad doll, but it seems that her image is making Black people very, very angry.
I have a problem with the ever-offended Black people who take every opportunity to stand on a soap box and make topics that are such a non-issue, into an issue. While I do feel some type of way about her blonde hair, monogrammed Louis Vuitton knockoffs, low cut, cleavage-showing top and gold chain, I’m not ready to call Reverend Al Sharpton to plan a march on Washington. I know Black women who look like this. Granted, the image of Adele Makeda doesn’t reflect what we all look like, but does Barbie represent all White women? I’ll say “no” is a pretty accurate answer to that inquiry.
While this one Jason Wu doll may be offensive because of her B.A.P.S. look, she’s not the only representation of women of color in Jason’s Fashion Royalty line.
Black Barbies exist as a part the So In Style line and are packaged and marketed for kids and cost anywhere from $9.99 on up. These Fashion Royalty dolls start at $130. Unless your kid has Blue Ivy’s taste, you probably won’t be buying this for your child. Well, there’s that and these are collectibles. Thanks to Clutch for spotting this on a site called Black Doll Collecting (who matches my sentiment and had a message for all those activists out there in search of something new to protest):
“For misinformed non-doll collectors and parents who often display a knee-jerk reaction to dolls designed for adults, please relax-relate-release. Just because you see a fashion doll that you think is a Barbie made for children that portrays an image that you deem inappropriate for a child, in most situations the doll was fashioned for adult collectors by a manufacturer or doll artist other than Mattel. There is no need to start a campaign against the doll or manufacturer or to create an otherwise pseudo-controversy, as in the case of the Django Unchained movie-memorabilia-action-figures-made-for-adults fiasco.”
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