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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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)
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)
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)
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
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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)
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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