28 January, 2016
This is What's Trending Today.
The Barbie doll has been a part of American culture for more than 50 years. Tall, blond and blue-eyed, the doll became a symbol of the "all-American girl."
But in recent years, critics targeted the doll.
Social commentators said Barbie was not a good representation of what women do or should look like.
The toy company that makes Barbie made some changes over the years. For example, it widened Barbie's waist in more realistic proportion to the rest of her body.
But that apparently was not enough for consumers or critics.
So on Thursday, the manufacturer announced three new Barbie body types. Time magazine reported the story.
The dolls will also represent different ethnicities, with a range of skin colors and hair styles.
Lots of people commented about the news on Twitter and Facebook.
Some people were excited to see the changes.
Geek Girl Diva tweeted, "The curves are cool. I'm way more stoked about the hair color."
Another Twitterer, Maura Brannigan, posted: "Welcome to the 21st Century, Barbie."
But others were not as excited about the news. They say people should not get so worked up about a toy.
Facebook user Michon Martin posted: "I never saw anything negative about her body or standards ... she's a fictitious piece of plastic."
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.
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Words in This Story
symbol – n. an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality
curvy – adj. a term used to describe the shape of a woman's body, a smooth, rounded line
petite – adj. having a small and thin body — usually used to describe a woman or girl
range – n. a group or collection of different things or people that are usually similar in some way
stoked – adj. very excited
worked up – adj. very angry, excited, or upset about something
fictitious – adj. not true or real