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Diversity Challenged

Barbie's first foray into increased inclusivity didn't go so well when Colored Francie was released in 1967. Black Barbie came in 1980, but it wasn't until 2009, when the So in Style line came out that the black Barbies had more realistic features, although some critics took issue with the straight hair.

Share a Smile Becky, a doll who came in a wheelchair, was welcomed by disability advocates in 1997. Unfortunately, Barbie's dream house was not handicap accessible, and Becky could not fit through the doors. Mattel promised to redesign the house.

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