Mariachi Barbie Hits Stands In Time For Mexican Patriotic Festivities!

Mariachi Barbie
Mattel has released a new Barbie honoring Mexican culture. Mattel

Last year, Mattel came under fire after releasing a Mexican Barbie with a bright pink traditional dress and a Chihuahua tucked under her arm. Although they said their purpose was to bring cultural awareness to little girls, many criticized that it adhered to outdated and offensive stereotypes. In an effort to right the wrongs, Mattel has released a new version of the Mexican Barbie, this time a Mariachi Barbie, complete with a black “charro” suit with golden details, the traditional mariachi hats, boots and a pink bow.

This new doll is “ready to celebrate the national holidays with Mexico,” according to manager Ana Paula Martínez de Alba, that’s why the toy will be on stands before Mexico’s Independence Day which is September 15. This new addition to the Barbie family will be part of the “Dolls of the World” collection. Both the mariachi suit, as well as the music, is considered a representative symbol of Mexico. Let us know if you find this version offensive or if you actually like this new Mariachi Barbie by voting below!

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.