I’m not sure if you seen the image of a brown Barbie doll surfacing around the Internet yet, which is causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie?

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Well the doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.

A lot of folks find the doll’s appearance offensive, stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women. So is this the new 2013 Black Barbie, well according to to MSN, this rumor is FALSE! The image above is NOT the new African-American Barbie.

Mattel, Inc., which owns the Barbie brand, issued a statement Monday denying that the doll whose image is being circulated on the Internet was ever made or sold by them.

In a statement to MSN News Monday, Mattel, Inc., which owns the Barbie brand, said that the doll in the picture above “is not a Barbie doll and is not created or sold by Mattel.”

The image is still circulating and has sparked outrage on the Internet.  As you can see from the responses above, many found it offensive, while there were some who see nothing wrong with it, comparing the image to celebrity icons like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce.

If the rumor were true, who would be the blame? Our daughters do all idolize Beyonce’s blond hair and Nicki Minaj’s cleavage… so what’s to stop Mattel from creating a doll that represents that?

FYI… Yakini from RealityTVFashion sent over a bit of information about the origin of the doll.

Just wanted to clear up that silly rumor about the new “Barbie” doll. I’ve seen it posted on numerous sites. I’m a doll collection since 2004 and that’s not the new Barbie at all.

That’s a line of dolls called Fashion Royalty, created by designer Jason Wu in the early 2000’s. This doll pictured on your blog is called Perfect Skin Adele.

There are many Adele dolls available actually – and not all of them have such an “around the way” look. Some of the other Adele dolls look quite classy and are dressed more conservatively.

How do you feel about the doll?

 

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