News

Barbie ‘unapologetic’ about ‘SI’ appearance

Barbie ‘unapologetic’ about ‘SI’ appearance

THE DOLL THAT STARTED IT ALL: Barbie is among this year's SI swimsuit models. Photo: Associated Press

covergirl
COVER GIRL: Barbie will appear as part of the 50th annual swimsuit issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

To prove it? The doll, which is made by Mattel, is flaunting her frame in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 50th anniversary issue alongside super models as part of a campaign called “unapologetic.”

The magazine issue, which comes out on Tuesday, features well-known super models like Christie Brinkley alongside Barbie wearing the black-and-white swimsuit the doll wore when she made her debut in 1959.

Mattel is promoting the feature with a hashtag “unapologetic” on Twitter and a billboard in New York’s Times Square.

The campaign is a departure for the 55-year old doll, which has been both beloved as a plaything and criticized as an unrealistic standard of beauty for decades.

Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in Local

Dems Slate Two Candidates for Fall Election

vote

Democrats have slated Robert Spencer of Pleasant Plains to run against Don Gray for Sangamon County Clerk, while Circuit Clerk Paul Palazzolo will face opposition from Donnie Killen of Springfield.

5 hours ago in Local

Redfield: Capitol Has Similar, But Different, Feeling

ILLINOIS POLITICS 7-24-15 Mike Lawrence and Kent Redfield

University of Illinois Springfield Political Science Kent Redfield says in some ways, it actually feels like lawmakers are getting toward the end of the legislative session.

6 hours ago in Local, Sports

Nunn Dismissed from U of I Basketball Team

university illinois

The University of Illinois has dismissed junior guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team following his guilty plea to misdemeanor domestic battery.

6 hours ago in Local

Informant Suggests Drew Peterson Wants to Sell Drugs

FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Will County Judge Edward Burmila sentenced Peterson to 38 years in prison for Savio's murder.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Secret recordings between Drew Peterson and an inmate he's accused of trying to enlist to help kill a prosecutor show that the former suburban Chicago police officer discussed selling drugs in Mexico if he gets out of prison.

6 hours ago in Local

Two Die in Separate ATV Accidents

medical

Illinois State Police say an 11-year-old has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in eastern Illinois' Clark County.