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Barbie’s new image

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For almost 60 years, Barbie has been a popular toy for young girls around the world, but it’s unrealistic physical proportions have long garnered criticism for promoting an unhealthy body image.

Now the doll is being released in new body types and skin tones, to represent a broader view of beauty.

Will this positively affect those who have struggled with body image issues in the past?

Panorama reporter Charles Taylor investigates. 

** Please note, this report does discuss body image and mental health issues. So if you or someone you know needs support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or the Butterfly Support Foundation on 1800 33 4673. **

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February 1st 2016
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