ARLINGTON, VA - JULY 31: Participants learned to restore their Barbie dolls' pink pout during the 'Lip Service' workshop, part of the 2015 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel July 31, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Now in its 35th year, the convention draws hundreds of collectors and fans from around the world for a week-long celebration of Barbie and the cultural phenomena that surrounds the famous fashion doll. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Toy Maker Creates Gender Neutral Dolls To Allow Children To Style Them Any Way They Want

Toymaker, Mattel has created a gender-neutral doll that will allow kids to either style the doll as a girl, boy, neither or both. “Toys are a reflection of culture and as the world continues to celebrate the positive impact of inclusivity, we felt it was time to create a doll line free of labels,” Kim Culmone, Senior Vice President of Mattel Fashion Doll Design said. The dolls come in a variety of skin tones and can be styled with either long or short hair as well as clothing that is female or male leaning as well as items that are gender-neutral. TIME wrote about the dolls saying that the dolls “lips are not too full, the eyelashes not too long and fluttery, the jaw not too wide. There are no Barbie-like breasts or broad, Ken-like shoulders.”

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