Mattel Releases Mariachi Barbie to Commemorate Mexican Independence Day

Barbie is ready to celebrate Mexican history…

Mattel has released a brand new Mexican Barbie to commemorate el 16 de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day.

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Mariachi Barbie dons a fitted black bolero jacket, cropped pants trimmed in an intricate golden brocade, and a wide-brimmed sombrero. Barbie completes her look with tall black boots and a pink ribbon bow tie.

The doll celebrates “one of Mexico’s most representative traditions in music and culture” and will be available to the public in September, the company said in a statement. Mariachi Barbie joins the 2014 Barbie Dolls of the World Collection.

Just last year Mattel faced criticism for releasing a Mexican Barbie dressed in a pink, ruffled dress and holding a chihuahua and a passport. ”

It would be nice to see some contemporary images from these countries,” Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts told Fox News Latino at the time. “These images seem very dated and seem to have been created for a different time.”

But Sanchez doesn’t have any qualms about the new Mexican Barbie.

“Well, at least she’s not coming off as sexy Latina Barbie, spinning on a pedestal,” Felix Sanchez told Buzzfeed, referring to Sofia Vergara’s largely criticized Emmy’s skit. “This is an image that does exist. It helps us embrace toy making in a way that makes it relevant and authentic.”

Aguirre Earns Praise for Makeup-Less Barbie Image

Eddi Aguirre has Barbie seeing red… Red, blotchy skin, that is!

The Mexican graphic designer has created a mock up of a makeup-less Barbie to prove “nobody is perfect.”

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Aguirre created a sketch of what Barbie would look like without her signature makeup as part of a special feature for a magazine. In the sketch, Aguirre depicts a Barbie with freckles, bags over and under her eyes, frizzy hair, shiny skin and braces.

The designer uploaded the project to his online portfolio with the following description:

“An image used in a special makeup feature for the new magazine shows Barbie before and after makeup (nobody is perfect).”

Over the past couple of years there has been a growing initiative to showcase natural beauty.

In 2010 Marie Claire magazine had a spread with a makeup-less Jessica Simpson and last week, Mariah Carey joined the many celebrities who have tweeted makeup-free photos of themselves.

The image of Barbie’s au naturel look has been dubbed refreshing as it reminds people the doll is an unrealistic role model for young girls.

Victoria’s a Real Doll!

Hazte un lado, Barbie! There’s a new line of dolls on the market and they’re modeled after LaTweena actress & singer Victoria Justice.

The oh-so-chic action figures are based on Justice’s character on her hit Nickelodeon show, “Victorious.” The Tori doll comes with outfits from the show’s “Birthweek Song,” while the “Make It Shine” doll belts out the show’s theme song.


“It’s insane seeing a little mini-me of myself,” exclaims the 18-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer. “If you lift up one arm, she sings the ‘Victorious’ theme song ‘Make It Shine,’ and if you lift up the other arm, you hear a crowd cheering applause. It’s really cute.”

Justice’s mini-me dolls, produced by Spin Master, are now available in stores. The Tori Doll is priced at $16.99 and the ‘Make It Shine’ Doll sells for $24.99.

Meanwhile, Justice recently recorded a cover of “Almost Paradise” with rising country star Hunter Hayes for the soundtrack to the new “Footloose” film; and she’s currently filming a movie with comedianne Chelsea Handler.

It’s no wonder Justice was recently named one of Billboard.com’s 21 Under 21 musicians.