Barbie Fashionistas

App review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Limitless dress-up options, heavy consumerism.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+

Based on 1 review

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age 4+

Consumerism and accidental racism

This app has the rampant consumerism one would expect of Barbie, so that's a given. But they programmed in the message, likely by accident, that if you want to be pretty you have to be white. One can choose skin tone to be black, multiracial, Asian, etc... but by adding makeup or changing hair (eg long pink hair), the brown skin disappears and the model is replaced by white skin. I guess coding for hair separate from face was too much work, and coding for makeup on several different skin tones was too hard? I'm not claiming the developers did this on purpose, but that they are unprofessional - theys hould have done a great more careful check. But they're still teaching vulnerable children that brown skin is ugly and white skin is pretty. Awesome, thanks Mattel.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Pricing structure: Free (More fashion collections can be purchased in-app, ranging from $1.99 for one collection to $10.99 for all collections.)
  • Release date: June 13, 2014
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Publisher: Mattel, Inc.
  • Version: 4.2.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 12, 2020

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