Our favorite body image distorting girls dolls have landed a new market to unrealistically represent: Tibet! 300 stylishly clad Tibetan Barbie dolls are now on display at an airport in Lhasa.
The plastic princesses are part of a line of special edition “ethnic” dolls meant to represent the minority groups of China.
Each doll has long braided hair with coral and manual silver accessories, wears necklaces made of coral or turquoise and is adorned with an amulet “Gawu”, showing a rich ethnic feature.
After their exhibition at Gonggar Airport, the dolls will be sold off to Europeans to promote cultural awareness about Tibet. That’s great and all, but we’re sort of disappointed we won’t be able to get our hands on this showpiece of diversity over here in Shanghai. If that’s not what the Barbie megastore is for, then what is?