Barbie's legging and tattoo makeover sparks controversy

Published: 19th October 2011

Barbie's legging and tattoo makeover sparks controversy
Barbie has undergone an edgy and modern makeover which has sparked a controversial reaction from parents.

The iconic doll has been given a bright pink bob hairstyle, tattoos, platform silver heels and leopard print leggings.

However, while this look may be popular with celebrities, parents have criticised the limited edition Barbie from Italian-based, Japanese-inspired brand Tokidoki for suggesting that tattoos are a good idea.

Many have argued that the brand should not be endorsing body art, as this sets a bad example for children and young people.

However, some parents have praised the new-look Barbie for portraying a more realistic and contemporary view of female fashion and personal style.

The Tokidoki Manga-style doll is not the first Barbie to have tattoos. The Butterfly Art Barbie came with a selection of transfer tattoos but was withdrawn in 1999 due to complaints.

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