There’s one word that best describes Barbie in the 2010s: Diversity! The Barbie Fashionistas dolls are the most diverse ever seen. Barbie now comes in four different body types— curvy, petite, tall, and original—Ken has three different body types—broad, slim, and original, and they both have a multitude of ethnicities, involving facial shapes, skin tones, hair styles, and fashions. There are dolls with prosthetic legs, wheelchairs, alopecia, vitiligo and other human conditions. The decade also sees Ella, friend of Barbie and cancer survivor (with a bald head and wigs), and Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American Barbie (with a hijab). The prolific “You Can Be Anything…” line proves there’s no career Barbie can’t do. Paleontologist, photojournalist, barista, hairdresser, firefighter, boxer, astronaut, President of the United States—they’re all on her resume. Barbie turns sixty by decade’s end, Ken turns sixty in early-2021, and neither one looks a day over 18!
All dolls are from the collection of David Mansour.
Photos are the copyright of ©David James Mansour and ©Behold the Valley of the Dolls.
"Barbie 2010s" text is an excerpt from Behold the Valley of the Dolls: A Barbie Collection in Portraits
by David James Mansour
Featured 2010s dolls (from top to bottom, left to right): 2018 Rainbow Sparkle Barbie, 2017 Fashionistas Original "Emerald Check" Barbie, 2016 Fashionistas Curvy "Chambray Chic" Barbie, 2018 Made to Move Black Barbie, 2015 Fashionistas "LA Girl" Barbie, 2017 Fashionistas Broad "Distressed Denim" Ken, 2016-18 Made to Move Barbies, 2018-20 Fashionistas Barbies, 2018 Firefighter Black Ken & Barbie, 2020 Campaign Team Barbies, 2020 Mattel 75th Anniversary Ponytail Barbie, 2021 60th Anniversary Ken, and 2021 60th Anniversary Bubble Cut Barbie.
A Barbie Collection in Portraits