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Barbie Launches "Shero" Collection Ahead Of International Women's Day

We're a long way from the first Barbie doll in 1959. 

We're a long way from the first Barbie doll in 1959. She was clad in a one-piece bathing suit, hugging a Jessica Rabbit hourglass figure–the desired body of the day, curated by a corset. Despite her perfect body, Barbie looked dissatisfied and carried a blasé bearing. The trends would change the next year and the year after that but the mission was always the same: represent the Western beauty standard of the day. Her clothes were different but her face never changed; the dolls that were supposed to represent all women were carbon copies.

Even when Mattel ventured to create the first black Barbie in 1980, there was no facial variety. That Barbie doll bore the same features as her counterparts, just with tan skin. Sold to children everywhere, these dolls left them aspiring to be the impossible. However, if Barbie today is any indication of media perception and evolution, things are certainly changing.

In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Mattel has released three dolls for their "Inspiring Women" collection. While the company hasn't said when, the dolls will be mass produced and sold in stores, HuffPost reports. If you were unable to get those Gabby Douglas and Ava DuVernay dolls, this might be your chance.

The collection includes the likes of Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo. The women come from different walks of life and were selected due to their influence. Earhart was the first female pilot to soar across the Atlantic Ocean, Johnson was a NASA Mathematician, and Kahlo – who just had a street named after her – was a post-revolutionary feminist artist. This set of dolls have the variety that was once missing. While Kahlo's doll is not entirely representative of her, Johnson worked with Mattel to see to it that the doll looked like her.

In addition, Barbie's "Shero" line focuses on life fulfillment, career potential and equalizing. Lisa McKnight, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Barbie said on Tuesday, "As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women's Day, because we know that you can't be what you can't see." Outside of racial and regional representation across the board, the collection will appeal to a drive for achievement.

The Shero collection will honor 14 global, contemporary role models with dolls such as snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, boxing champion Nicola Adams and prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan. These dolls are not meant to be sold. But sometimes they end up on shelves — so look out.

Check out the latest additions here.

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Kyle Massey Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Do Not 'Jump To Conclusions'

Former Disney Channel star Kyle Massey came under fire over the weekend after being accused of sending sexually explicit material to a teenage girl. The 27-year-old is vehemently denying the allegations in a statement.

"No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct," said Massey through his lawyer Lee Hutton in a statement to TMZ. He also urged the public "not to jump to conclusions based on the allegations alone but reserve judgment until the whole story comes to light, proving these allegations baseless.”

The gossip site broke the story that the former That's So Raven actor was being sued by the family of the teenager for $1.5 million. The suit alleges that Massey send a photo of his erect penis to the girl via Snapchat in Dec. 2018.

Court documents claim that the teenager is an aspiring actress who has known Massey since she was four years old. He remained close with the family and acted as a "father figure" of sorts to the girl. She reached out to him in November 2018 about auditioning for the spinoff of his show, Cory In The House.

 

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Michael Jackson Artifacts Removed From World's Largest Children's Museum

Michael Jackson artifacts found in The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have been removed. The Indiana museum is the largest children’s museum in the world.

According to the New York Daily News, the late-musician’s fedora and white gloves will be removed from the American Pop exhibit, while a signed poster will be removed from the The Power of Children display in response to the aftermath of the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. The four-part doc spotlights two men who allege in graphic detail that they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children through the musician’s grooming techniques.

"As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience," said the museum in a statement. "In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."

Despite the iconic items being nixed from the museum, items gifted to AIDS victim Ryan White by Jackson will remain on display. The song ‘Gone Too Soon’ was written after White died in 1990. The young boy idolized and befriended Jackson as he battled his illness.

“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story, and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” the museum continued.

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Fyre Festival Merch To Be Auctioned Off To Help Those Who Were Bamboozled

Those who have been invested in the downfall that was the disastrous Fyre Festival, it's your lucky day. According to a report from Vulture, several merch items that were originally slated to be sold at the 2017 fiasco in the Bahamas will go to auction. The auction will benefit those who the festival's founder, Billy McFarland, owes money to, in an effort to help get that money back where it belongs.

Additional assets belonging to McFarland were deemed "untraceable" by authorities. However, Vulture reports that in court papers, feds were able to obtain a few important things. "$240,000 in a bank account" was found, as well as “two large boxes containing Fyre-branded T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and other clothing items that were intended for sale at the Fyre Festival,” per court filings.

McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud back in October 2018. While he was waiting to be sentenced, he was also found guilty of running a ticket scam on the side. He reportedly bamboozled investors for the Fyre Festival out of $24 million and a ticket vendor out of $2 million.

The date of the online auction has not yet been set.

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