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Meet The New Wave of More ‘Diverse’ Barbie Dolls

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Barbara Millicent Roberts – better known as Barbie – has been a household name since 1959. It is a pop culture icon and a star in the toymaker company, Mattel. The doll has made the company a leader in the toy industry of a billion-dollar business.

However, with her coming 57th birthday, Barbie is getting a new makeover.

Mattel announced a new line of more ethnically diverse dolls.

“We were hearing that many thought that Barbie was out of touch,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, Mattel SVP and global brand general manager.

The doll with the iconic white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, and slim figure is thought to send the wrong message to young girls about beauty.

“There are people who are turned away from Barbie because they want dolls that more resemble themselves, more in terms of their body type and more in terms of their skin tones,” said Jim Silver, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Toys, Tots, Pets, and More.

Mattel also wants to remind customers it’s not just girls’ perception, but what they learn and imagine while playing with Barbie.

Last year, they introduced 23 new dolls with different skin tones and hair colors matching different ethnicities. Now, they are also adding three new body types – curvy, tall, and petite to promote body positivity.

“I actually think this is one of the most exciting times for the brand, broadening girls’ choices,” said Mattel President and COO Richard Dickson. “What Barbie looks like — her body type, her ethnicity, her career – this is all part of the evolution of the brand and what we believe is the right conversation around the world to have with kids today.”

“It would be more of a risk if we don’t continue to evolve Barbie — if we stayed stagnant if she looked the same if she did the same thing. She’s got to evolve with the times,” Dickson said.

This change is definitely a pleasant one. With evolving times, childhood is the important nurturing stage for a child. Instilling body positivity and a good message on beauty is a wise move for Mattel.

“We’re going to continue to work hard at being responsible and a better reflection of the world that girls live in today,” Mazzocco added.

Source: CBS

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Food Review: Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Stick Is Now Available In Malaysia

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Chocolates have the power to uplift someone’s mood and ice cream is perfect for a hot sunny day. But both combined, it is the perfect combination to ever exist. Snickers Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream, and Kit Kat Ice Cream are the usual stuff we find at our nearest grocery store but have you ever heard of Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream?

It has been sold for a long time but at that time, it was only available in certain European countries. Now, you can get this delicious treat from a local seller on Shopee!

This ice cream comes in three flavors. There are Original, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate but according to the local seller’s page, it is available for people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor only.

Head over here to place your order and get your Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Sources: Shopee nowme_01

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Food Review: ‘Sambal Hitam’, One of The Best Sambal That Can Be Eaten Anytime And Anyhow

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Sambal hitam would always be one of the most favorite alternatives for many people in Malaysia who loves to eat spicy food like any other sambal but they do not want it to be too spicy up until they have to feel regret eating the food. This particular sambal hitam is really well-known in the state of Pahang.

The texture of this sambal hitam is one of the reasons why many people love to eat it. Sambal hitam is really full of anchovies. It is so easy to be made by anyone because the recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. The ingredients are belimbing buluh, red onion, anchovies, and also red chili.

Picture: Resipi Bonda

According to many people, the process of making this sambal hitam would take a very long time to be done. There is a very special way to cook this sambal hitam from Pahang. It does not take an hour or two to cook but it takes hours. The manufacturing process is quite complicated and also time-consuming.

It goes well with steamed white rice, brown rice, or even porridge. This sambal hitam really enhances the taste of the food. Once you taste it, your mouth will definitely have a fusion of flavors and you will surely crave more of it.

Sources: Cookpad.

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Step & Repeat, First-Ever Global TikTok Reality Show Based On Style Launched

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Glamhive and Mary Kay Global Design Studio have announced Step & Repeat, the first-ever style show launching on TikTok.

Step & Repeat is a five-week style competition and mentorship programme where wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists worldwide compete in the fast-paced environment of TikTok to drive their business success.

The international competition is open to all and goes live on June 22 on TikTok, according to a statement.

TikTok’s community has been growing at an incredible pace since the start of the pandemic, and unique new talents are being discovered daily on the platform.

Step & Repeat is the first-ever global style competition on TikTok, giving structure, recognition, and rewards to winners weekly.

Glamhive and the Mary Kay Global Design Studio have partnered to create Step & Repeat as a global stage open to anyone who wants to explode onto the international scene and get recognised for their incredible talents in wardrobe, make-up, and hair styling.

Each week, Step & Repeat’s host, Johnny Wujek will announce a theme-based challenge, and TikTok users will create their best wardrobe, make-up, or hair style look for that theme.

Videos will incorporate the show’s custom sound, ‘Step & Repeat’, the hashtag #stepandrepeat, and the hashtag associated with each challenge, enabling all entries to be discoverable by the show’s judges.

At the end of each challenge, Wujek will announce the winner in each category: wardrobe, make-up, and hair. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a one-hour mentoring session with one of the 19 industry leaders stepping up to provide mentorship.

At the end of the five weeks, Step & Repeat will announce one overall winner for each category, crowning it the very best in wardrobe, make-up, and hair based on entries from worldwide.

More details at https://www.glamhive.com/tiktok.

Sources: BERNAMA

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