If you’re a plastic public figure like Barbie, you have to expect some controversy.
Barbie’s little sister ran afoul of women’s and religious groups as Growing Up Skipper, introduced by Mattel in 1975.
When one of her arms was turned, she grew a quarter-inch taller and sprouted womanly hips and breasts like her big sister’s.
If only puberty were really as easy as that.
Skipper Roberts has changed immensely since she was introduced in 1964, she gradually became taller and older looking, eventually becoming almost as tall as Barbie.
Barbie has had a few skirmishes herself, including one in which lumber workers threatened boycotts against Kmart if it didn’t stop carrying a talking environmentalist Barbie who wished for a day when trees wouldn’t be chopped down.