Mattel
Mattel

Mattel’s New Barbie Comes in a Variety of Skin Tones and Body Types

Mattel
Mattel

Barbie has received a lot of criticism over recent years, namely that she provides a very narrow representation of women to the millions of girls who play with her. Now Mattel is attempting to revise that image by releasing a new line of Barbie dolls that come in a variety of body types, skin tones, and hairstyles.

This marks the first time the classic doll will be representing a body type other than her disturbingly proportioned, classic supermodel frame. The new Barbies will be available in tall, petite, and curvy builds, and will feature 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and seven skin tones. 

"We are excited to literally be changing the face of the brand," Evelyn Mazzocco, senior vice president and global general manager of the brand, said in a statement. "We believe we have a responsibility to girls and parents to reflect a broader view of beauty.”

Barbie sales have been suffering in recent years as girls around the world are increasingly playing with electronic toys and smart devices over dolls. This new change is a follow-up to last year’s update of the toy, which also featured new skin colors and hairstyles, as well as flexible feet capable of wearing more than just high heels. 

The updated dolls will begin appear in stores on March 1, and some are already available for purchase online. All 33 new dolls will be released by the end of the year. 

Images courtesy of Mattel.

[h/t: USA Today]

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Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Apple
Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Apple

Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

[h/t CNN]

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