Busty Barbie Too Hot For The Toy Aisle — Barbie Basic Collection Creates Stir


Is this Barbie dressed inappropriately?

Along with Cabbage Dolls and G.I. Joe action figures, Barbie owns a place in the record books as one of the most treasured toys in American history. After all, she’s a quintessential icon of modern femininity. But she’s no stranger to controversy, and the plastic dynamo — who masquerades as everything from a doctor to and entrepreneur — is in hot water once again: this time over her wardrobe.

The outfit featured on a new adult collector’s edition Barbie doll has some parents questioning whether the item should be displayed on the toy aisle.

Each doll in the new “Barbie Basic Collection” is dressed in that essential must-have for all fashionistas, the little black dress. The toy creating the controversy is Doll No. 10 in the Basic Collection. One of four African-American dolls in the series, Desiree — who sports a long-flowing weave, a clevage-baring top, and stilettos — has been nicknamed “Busty Barbie” by some critics. The New York Daily News even calls the doll’s dress has “a deep, plunging neckline – revealing bowling-ball cleavage that would make one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses jealous.”

Ouch!

Mattel’s website has a different take on things; the toy manufacturer describes the doll like this: “Model No. 10 features the Desiree face sculpt, African American skin tone, a striking black dress with plunging neckline, and long sleek hair.”

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The site states the the doll is for the adult collector; a fact that hasn’t done much to curb the cries of angry mothers, who complain that the Barbie Basic Collection is available for sale on the toy aisle — where impressionable children are treated to a plastic peep show.

“I don’t want (my daughter) to think she has to be this, you know, busty Barbie who’s constantly wearing heels and these low-cut shirts,” Minnesota mom Andie Whitaker told NBC this week. “And that’s really the image I think a doll that you’re going to buy for a child is portraying.”

For now, the doll remains on store shelves. National chains are selling the doll for around $19.99. Target, for one, has said it will continue to carry the line. Mattel has refused to comment.