Simone Weichselbaum, New York Daily News, October 1, 2009
Barbie from the block got mixed reviews Wednesday from city girls inspecting the newest spin on the old-school toy.
“So In Style” dolls, a fresh take on the black Barbie, hit store shelves this week, featuring a group of plastic friends sporting shiny bling, big earrings and fancy sneakers.
Tyaine Danclaire, 15, of the Bronx, liked Trichelle’s straight, long hair because it looked like “a weave,” but she thought the idea “was sorta racist.”
[Editor’s Note: “Trichelle” is one of the three “Barbie” dolls coming out this week.]
“They say black girls are ghetto with the gold earrings, with the big bling; I don’t agree with that,” she said.
The new $30.99 dolls have “authentic-looking facial features” such as fuller lips, a wider nose . . . and curlier hair,” Mattel said.
Nikki Wright, 12, of East Harlem, showed off her braided hair extensions and gold hoops in her ears while holding a Trichelle doll.
“They look like people where we live,” the seventh-grader said. “I wear big earrings. The weave. Things that we use.”