This Is What Mariachi Barbie Looks Like

Barbie Goes Global

Mattel releases a new Barbie in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

Sep 4, 2014 | 10:02 PM

Mattel has released “Mariachi Barbie” in commemoration of 16 de Septiembre, the Mexican Independence Day. In a statement, the company said it wanted to celebrate “one of Mexico's most representative traditions in music and culture," and that the doll's introduction this month would be part of the 2014 Barbie Dolls of the World Collection.

The doll comes dressed in a fitted black bolero jacket, cropped trousers with elaborate gold trimmings, a matching black sombrero, tall black boots, and a pink tie.

Last year, Mattel tried to release what was viewed as a racially insensitive "Mexican Barbie," which came complete with a colorful pink ruffled dress, a chihuahua under her arm, and a passport. But luckily, it looks like the company has learned from its mistake. Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, recently told Fox News Latino that he gives "Mariachi Barbie" a nod of approval. "This is an image that does exist. It helps us embrace toy-making in a way that makes it relevant and authentic," he said.

Cover image credit: Mattel via Barbie Collector

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