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New, Barbie Doll Is Aimed At Kids As Young As 3




NEW YORK — Whether you like her or not, Barbie has changed again. This time, she has become a toy for kids as young as three.

The controversial hourglass shape has been taken out of My First Barbie, which came out on Thursday, a month before Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling star in a live-action movie about the doll in July.

The slightly softer-bodied Barbie follows on the heels of tall, petite, and voluptuous models unveiled in a big makeover five years ago.

My First Barbie stands 13.5 inches tall, which is 2 inches higher than regular Babs and features a wider waist that de-emphasizes the bust line (which remains in place), and flesh-tone modesty undergarments that are permanently attached.

Her style is more childlike, with heart, star, and flower motifs on pajamas and flouncy preschool-friendly clothes and swimwear. Her jewelry is bigger because she has small hands, and her hair is longer so it’s easier to comb.


Barbie Hands Are Now Linked Together

As with earlier versions of the doll, the limbs on my first Barbie can be moved, and her face is still recognizable. A significant achievement: her fingers and thumbs are linked, removing a common complaint that Barbie’s hands get tangled in her garments when youngsters try to put them on.

Mattel executive vice president of Barbie and dolls Lisa McKnight told The Associated Press that the business designed the new version in response to parent feedback.

“We talk to parents and kids practically every day of the year,” she explained. “We saw a trend of younger children wanting to play with Barbie. Parents were concerned that their preschool-aged children lacked the fine motor skills necessary for a pleasurable play experience with our classic fashion doll.”


The New Doll’s Release Has Four Skin Tones And Hair Textures.

Critics of 63-year-old Barbie, designed to represent a girl in her late teens, have long claimed that her measurements promote unrealistic, sexualized body ideals for girls. My First Barbie, which costs $19.99, goes a long way toward resolving that issue.

McKnight wouldn’t talk directly about the criticism or say if My First Barbie could help change this negative view.

According to Jody DeVos, former leader of Mattel’s child development and now chief learning officer for Begin, a company that creates learning apps and another educational fare for kids, research is mixed on whether Barbie’s bad rap on body issues and her adult-leaning fashion sense have any impact on children.

When it comes to Barbie, she says, “there’s a strong nostalgia aspect” among parents.

“I don’t believe a single doll is most fitting. “I believe doll play encourages children to practice narrative, perspective-taking, and social relationships,” DeVos added.


Barbie Universe Still Growing

Since 2013, when sales of the Barbie line went down, they have gone up a lot.

Joaniko Kohchi, head of Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting, questioned Mattel’s motivations.

“If we think about Mattel guiding our choices, we’ve already kind of constrained them,” she explained.

My First Barbie, according to McKnight, will not be a separate, parallel Barbie universe. She said that more content with the doll would be posted on Barbie’s YouTube page later this month. The first thing that would be posted would be an animated special about planning a surprise party.

Andrea Werner, a pediatric occupational therapist in West Hartford, Connecticut, and mother of a preschooler and a newborn, believes that doll play benefits children’s development.


Some Still Not Convinced Barbie Is Age Appropriate

“There are a lot of dolls on the market,” she pointed out. “Companies will constantly endeavor to market the next greatest thing to consumers.”

Kohchi isn’t convinced that My First Barbie is age-appropriate.

“We know that if you’re going to present a child an image and say, here is beauty, this is fantastic, look how gorgeous that is,” she explained. “It’s still a little older than a preschooler.”



2023: Taylor Lautner Calls Out Hateful Comments Saying He “Did Not Age Well”




Taylor Lautner is unaffected by negativity.

When confronted with criticism about his appearance that just surfaced on Instagram, the Twilight alum didn’t hold back. Taylor even published some cruel comments, including one that said he “did not age well,” to start a conversation about mental health.

“If this was 10 years ago, five years ago, maybe even two, three years ago, that would have really gotten under my skin,” he remarked in a video posted on May 22. “It would have made me want to hide in a hole rather than go outside.”

However, the 31-year-old stated that he is now “in a different place” and is no longer in an “unhealthy position” in which he concentrates on the “wrong things.”

“You find value wherever you put it,” Taylor says. “And if you base your worth on what other people think of you, that’s how you’ll feel.” But if you place your value in knowing who you are, what matters to you, and what you enjoy, that stuff won’t bother you.”


Taylor Lautner is unaffected by negativity.

“My biggest point is to think about and remember where you put your value in life and be nice,” he continued. It isn’t all that difficult. Let’s be nice to one another. Let us spread love and happiness. It’s as easy as that.”

Other harmful remarks Taylor wrote in a report were that he “looks like old broccoli” and has “aged like a sultana.”

On the other hand, Taylor received an outpouring of support in the comments area of his post.

“‘It doesn’t make me question who I am,'” wrote the actor’s wife, Taylor Lautner, echoing one of his statements from the video. “God, I love you.”

Meanwhile, Clayton Echard of Bachelor Nation, who has been open about his body dysmorphia issue, applauded Taylor for his vulnerability. “People need to realise the weight of their words, and it doesn’t help that there’s often no accountability when it comes to social media,” he wrote. “Your sharing will help others understand the power of their words, and perhaps next time they’ll think twice before hitting send.”


Taylor Lautner is unaffected by negativity.

Taylor has previously spoken openly about his battles with mental health. On a February edition of his podcast, The Squeeze, the actor discussed how being shirtless in the Twilight film series caused his body image issues.

“When I was in it, when I was 16 through 20 years old, starring in this franchise where my character is known for taking his shirt off every other second,” he explained. “I had no idea it was affecting or would affect my body image in the future, but now that I think about it, of course it did, and of course it will.”

Taylor recounted being “forced to be in a gym multiple times a day, six days a week” while producing and experiencing criticism over his less muscular body when the franchise concluded in 2012.

“I was filming a movie called Run The Tide, and my character isn’t supposed to be a bodybuilder or ripped guy in any way.” “I thought I looked okay,” he recalled. “They put side-by-sides of me shirtless in the ocean in a scene from that movie compared to me in Eclipse or whatever and being like, ‘Wow, he’s let it all go.'”

Taylor admitted that the similarities “messed with me” for years but that he now “sees things differently.”

“Your body can look incredible, you can be ripped, shredded, whatever you want to lose weight, put on muscle,” he continued, “but if you’re not mentally healthy, then it’s all for naught because that can work against you.”


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Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix Finally Leaves Her and Tom Sandoval’s $2 Million Home




Ariana Madix raises her glasses—and wraps them in bubble wrap.

Two months after her dramatic separation from Tom Sandoval, whose months-long romance with Raquel Leviss has revealed on the Vanderpump Rules season 10 finale, the reality star moved out of their shared Los Angeles home.

The 37-year-old posted a video of herself to Instagram Story on May 22 with several stacked boxes outside her home, along with the caption “Ready to dip out.”

The post alluded to remarks Tom, 40, made on a previous episode of Vanderpump Rules in which he used the word “dipped out” to describe how Raquel, 29, had spent the night at his house.

Ariana’s move comes nearly a week after she announced plans to sell the home she acquired with Tom for $2 million in 2019.

“I want my money out of that house as soon as possible,” she said on Watch What Happens Live on May 17. “I want to move on.”

Although Ariana was still living under Tom’s roof at the time, she claims the two have no contact and only communicate through their employees as a “go-between.”ariana

Ariana Madix raises her glasses—and wraps them in bubble wrap.

Raquel, who entered a mental health counseling facility last month, she said, was “sending letters to my house like four days ago.”

“I didn’t open it,” Ariana explained, noting that the letter was written by Raquel and sent to Tom. “I just brought in the mail, saw it, put it down on the table, and walked away.”

Following the adultery incident, which viewers dubbed “Scandoval,” Tom and Raquel apologized to Ariana.

“I made mistakes, I was selfish, and I made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love,” Tom wrote on Instagram on March 7. “No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly.”

“My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana,” he concluded. I had no intention of disappointing so many people, especially our adoring families and friends.”

For her part, Raquel said in a statement on March 8: “There is no excuse, I am not a victim, and I must own my actions, and I deeply regret hurting Ariana.”

“I am learning things about myself, such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved,” the former beauty queen continued. “I have sought emotional validation through unhealthy intimate connections, sometimes negatively affecting others and frequently prioritising the intimate connection over my friendships.”


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Martha Stewart Lands Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Cover At 81




Martha Stewart is putting herself in front of the camera more than ever before.


The 81-year-old was unveiled as one of four cover stars for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2023, with her cover appearing on Today on May 15. Martha, who joins Megan Fox, Kim Petras, and Brooke Nader as 2023 swimsuit cover stars, humbly reacted to the cover shot, which portrays the former TV anchor reclining on the beach in a plunging white one-piece suit and billowing gold jacket, and said, “I like that picture.”

She then disclosed that she was asked for the job for the first time in November.

“That was a request I’d never had before,” Martha explained to hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. “Being on the cover at my age was a challenge.” And I believe I succeeded.”

With only a few weeks between the call and the shoot, she went into depth about how she prepared for the big day.

“I didn’t starve myself, but I didn’t eat any bread or pasta for a couple of months,” stated the businesswoman. “I went to Pilates every other day, which was fantastic. I still go to Pilates every other day since it’s so beneficial.”

“I live a relatively clean lifestyle, with a healthy diet and regular exercise,” she continued. “And healthy skincare, and all of that stuff.”


Martha Stewart is putting herself in front of the camera more than ever before.

She also attributed her accomplishment to leading a healthy lifestyle and not worrying about aging. “I believe that all of us should consider good living, successful living, and not ageing.” “This ageing thing is so boring,” she remarked. “You understand what I mean.”

And what about the shot itself? “It was kind of fun,” Martha replied, smiling. “I mean, they were prodding me, pinching me, and pouring water over my head.”

“There’s no tricks, actually, no tricks,” she continued. “I mean, they say you look okay, which is wonderful. They serve to reaffirm the fact that what you’re doing is acceptable.”

Savannah highlighted that Martha’s swimsuit cover modeling venture is consistent with her overall “yes” attitude, as evidenced by her willingness to open up about her experience with online dating several years ago.

“One of my mottos is, when you’re done changing, you’re done,” Martha responded. “Change is good, evolution is good, just try new things.” It’s great to be fearless.”

“Don’t be afraid,” she continued. “Don’t be afraid of anything.”


SOURCE – (Enews)

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