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 Although they said their purpose was to bring cultural awareness to little girls, many criticized that it adhered to outdated and offensive stereotypes.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!