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When Barbie finally comes to life, what kind of woman will she be?

In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Barbie Fashionista Dolls from Mattel are displayed at the TTPM Holiday Showcase in New York. Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic Barbie doll, says it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. The El Segundo, Calif., toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The world’s most iconic doll has been many things in her half-century of life. She’s certainly been quite a career woman — but she’s never really been a feminist icon. Will a long-awaited live-action movie change that? Should it even try to? Why has Barbie fascinated so many generations of girls? And why do we care so much what she becomes in the 21st century and beyond?

GUEST: Ishani Nath, Flare.com

 

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