Mattel Releases Cultural Look Based on a Mariachi Band Outfit

By: Meghan Young - Feb 9, 2015
References: barbie & latinospost
Although the previous Mexican Barbie edition was criticized for perpetuating outdated stereotypes of the culture, this latest version is much more careful. First of all, it strays away from a typical feminine identity for an outfit that is much more androgynous. Inspired by the Mariachi outfit, this particular Mexican Barbie is outfitted in a fitted black bolero jacket, cropped trousers trimmed and a wide-brimmed sombrero

Finished with gold brocade details, the Mexican Barbie outfit pays tribute to a rich culture of music in a way that people of all ethnicity will be able to appreciate. Granted, the Hispanic demographic will be drawn to a strong representation of their culture in particular. The Mexican Barbie introduces their traditions to the rest of the world in a very organic and friendly way, which can only be respected.