It took 56 years, but Barbie finally gets to wear flats

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Major Changes Coming To Barbie


After more than five decades, Barbie can ditch her high heels in favor of flats.

In an attempt to modernize the 56-year-old doll, Mattel has redesigned Barbie to have flexible ankles so she can wear either her iconic heels or contemporary flats -- and that's not the only change. Barbie is now be available in eight different skin tones, 14 different "facial sculpts," 18 eye colors, 22 hairstyles, and 23 hair colors.

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** COMMERCIAL IMAGE ** In this photograph taken by AP Images for Mattel, Barbie Collector celebrates the 30th anniversary of their Dolls of the World Collection with the debut of the Statue of Liberty Barbie Doll, part of the new Landmark Collection, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, on Ellis Island in New York. In addition to the new doll collection, the first ever exhibit of Barbie dolls will be on display at Ellis Island from June 16 through August 15, 2010, representing 40 nations from around the world. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Mattel)
ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Clothes for Barbie Dolls exhibition during the 'I Love B' as a part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out of Rome at Galleria Vittoria on September 11, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Shoppers look at the selection of Barbie dolls for sale at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Venezuelans are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government’s mandate that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: A Barbie doll created by Maggia (Unique Model, Couture at Versailles), is displayed during the exhibition 'Barbie retro chic' at the 'Musee de la poupee' on February 13, 2014, in Paris, France. The exhibition shows more 150 Barbie Dolls from February 11 until September 13, 2014. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
A selection of Barbie dolls fill a shelf at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Venezuelans are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government’s mandate that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 28: Barbie-dolls with the Barbie Collection 2014 are shown at the Press-Preview of the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2014 on January 28, 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Barbie Collection 2014 was presented by Designer Guido Maria Kretschmer. The Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2014 is the worlds biggest toy fair and is opendend to visitors from January 29th to February 3rd. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
This image provided by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014, shows the cover-wrap of the magazine's 50th anniversary annual swimsuit issue.
Barbie dolls from all different eras are lined up for the 50th anniversary of Barbie.
A display of Barbie dolls is shown at the Mattel exhibit at the New York Toy Fair.
Stephanie Torres, of Chicago, stocks up on Barbie dolls.
Barbie video girl edition
In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Barbie dolls, a Mattel product, are displayed in a Walmart store in Robinson Township, Pa.
Barbie and Ken dolls from Mattel are displayed at the American International Toy Fair.
A Barbie doll wearing a Dior dress is on display next to a Dior handbag as part of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Barbie in The Netherlands, at Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, the Museum of Bags and Purses, in Amsterdam, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. Fifty dolls are on display together with 1500 bags and purses, part of the museum's total collection of 4500 bags and purses. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
FILE - In this July 11, 2011 file photo, Barbie dolls sit on the shelf at Woodbury Mountain Toys in Montpelier, Vt. Toy maker Mattel Inc. said Monday, April 16, 2012, their first-quarter profit dropped 53 percent, pulled down by costs tied to an acquisition and lower sales for Barbie and Hot Wheels. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
Imitation Barbie dolls dressed in traditional Bolivian carnival costumes stand in a doll making workshop in El Alto, Bolivia, Friday Jan. 21, 2011. The dolls will be sold at the annual Alasita Fair, a three week fair of miniature items in La Paz beginning late January. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 file photo, Ashley Cebollero, of New York, looks around in front of a bank of Barbie Fashion Fever dolls in New York. Debuting in 1959, Mattel’s 11.5-inch blond fashion doll has long held the No. 1 doll title with an estimated $1.3 billion in annual sales. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, fIle)
Barbie dolls sit on shelves of the Mattel Outlet Store, Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in El Segundo, Calif. Mattel Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit rose 33 percent on the strength of the world's largest toy maker's overall sales, favorable currency exchange rates and a one-time gain from a federal tax return settlement. Its shares rose more than 6 percent. Worldwide sales of Mattel's flagship Barbie doll brand were down 1 percent, while sales of the company's Other Girls brand rose 1 percent. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Shoppers look at the selection of Barbie dolls for sale at a store in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Venezuelans are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government’s mandate that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: A view a Barbie doll at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Pink Carpet celebration on February 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
This picture taken on January 20, 2014 shows Barbie dolls in different clothes as they are displayed in the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje in Amsterdam, on January 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / BAS CZERWINSKI ***netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Barbie dolls, manufactured by Mattel Inc., the world's largest toymaker, sit on display at Hamleys Plc's flagship toy store on Regent Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The U.K. economy shrank more than economists forecast in the second quarter as record rainfall and an extra public holiday in the period sent output down the most in more than three years. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
** FILE ** A Barbie Doll and Tanner play set from Mattel is displayed on Aug. 14, 2007 at a Target store in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mattel Inc.'s reputation took another hit after the world's largest toy maker announced Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, a third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month because of excessive amounts of lead paint. The latest Mattel recall, whose details were negotiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, covers 675,000 Barbie accessories sold between October 2006 and August of this year. No Barbie dolls were included in the action. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Barbie dolls, wearing creations by Mexican designers, sit during preparations for an upcoming exhibit at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The exhibit, in celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday, opens March 10. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A museum worker paints details on a Barbie doll during preparations for an upcoming exhibit at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The exhibit, in celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday, opens March 10. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Workers arrange Barbie dolls at the display at Barbie's Shanghai flagship store Thursday March 5, 2009 in Shanghai, China. A half-century after Barbie's first appearance in a demure black-and-white striped swimsuit, the pink and sparkling Barbie Shanghai flagship store opens Saturday to a Chinese public that less than a decade ago couldn't even buy the iconic doll in local stores. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Barbie doll collector Roberta Ceccarelli poses by her dolls in her "Barbie museum" in Ostia, near Rome, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Ceccarelli collects Barbie dolls since 1986 and has about 1000 dolls. The Barbie doll celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 9. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Barbie dolls are set up on a makeshift beach, part of a "Barbie museum" by collector Roberta Ceccarelli, in Ostia, near Rome, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Ceccarelli collects Barbie dolls since 1986 and has about 1000 dolls. The Barbie doll celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 9. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
The 50th anniversary of Barbie is commemorated with a lineup of dolls, starting with the first Barbie in original black and white swim suit, in a display by Mattel at the Javits Center in New York where Toy Fair 2009 is set to take place, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Toy Fair 2009 runs from Feb. 15 through to Feb. 18. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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This is far from the first change we've seen in Barbie's appearance. In fact, she has always been evolving. In 1965, six years after she made her debut, Barbie was given swivel hips in an attempt to emphasis realism -- which was perfect for the go-go generation.

Three years later, in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, Mattel released Christie, Barbie's black friend. By 1980, Mattel released Barbie in different ethnicities.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: Taylor Schilling seen at The Soho Hotel on April 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 01: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the Second Annual Kidstock Music and Art Festival at the Greystone Mansion June 1, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Karlie Kloss attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, June 1, 2015, in New York, (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Danielle Rose Russell seen at a Special Screening Of Columbia Pictures' "ALOHA" on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Vanessa Hudgens spotted in SoHo on May 8, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: mpi67 / MediaPunch/IPX
Actress Kate Bosworth attends the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch event at the Bryant Park Grill on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Gabourey Sidibe attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of "Live From New York!" at The Beacon Theatre on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Kristen Schaal arrives at the LA Premiere Screening Of "The Last Man On Earth" on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sigourney Weaver attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Viola Davis arrives at the Disney/ABC Television Group 2015 Winter TCA Party on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actress Quvenzhané Wallis attends the "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Lily Aldridge seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 - Ralph Lauren Polo 4D fashion show at Central Park on Monday, Sept 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by [Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)
Mary Lambert arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
British model Alexa Chung poses for photographs ahead of her book signing of 'IT' at Westfield centre in west London, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Rihanna seen at Heathrow Airport on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: January Jones is seen on April 02, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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This latest Barbie isn't the first time we've seen a dramatic change to the doll's hair either. In 1992, Mattel released Totally Hair Barbie, which turned out to be the toy-maker's best selling Barbie of all time.

Looks like whenever Barbie modernizes, she also monetizes.

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