The latest incarnation of the famous doll, dubbed “Drag Queen Barbie” by the press, but officially called “Blond Diamond Barbie” was revealed by manufacturer Mattel at the weekend.
This Barbie was styled by fashion duo, The Blonds, who have styled the likes of J-Lo, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. They released a statement denying that the new doll is a drag queen:
“It is incorrect to label the doll ‘Drag Queen Barbie.’ She is the Blond Diamond Barbie.
Mattel, who created the fashion doll, also commented, but did not mention Barbie’s new nickname.
Barbie was first released in 1959, but has seemingly caused controversy before. In 2006, a right wing fundamentalist Christian group warned that Barbie was not just a child’s toy, but also a tool for the “homosexual agenda.”
The Diamond Blond barbie will be released later this year, and will reportedly cost around £80.