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Barbie has just gotten WAY more inclusive, after creating dolls who are more representative of the real women and young children who play with her.

The company Mattel are making strides since they first opened in 1959 with bleach blonde Barbie with high-heels and ridiculous body proportions.

The brand are making new additions to the range which feature Barbies who use wheelchairs and with prosthetic legs. 

Barbie has been given high-achiever careers as a vet, computer engineer and doctor, as well as featuring dolls who are diverse, more curvacious and black.

Two new dolls with disabilities will be added to it's Fashionista line on February 11, with the company articulating that it hopes the collection will broaden definitions of beauty.

“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” the company said in a statement.


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Mattel’s vice president of Barbie Design, Kim Culmone, explained the latest additions were a response to phenomenal consumer demand.

"We’re going to be introducing a doll in a wheelchair and a doll representing physical disabilities. She has a prosthetic limb," Culmone told Teen Vogue

"There will be additional body sizes — a Barbie with a smaller bust and less-defined waist. A wheelchair or doll in a wheelchair was one of the most requested items through our consumer … hotline. It's important to us to listen to our consumers."

Customers are still requesting Barbies with more impairments or disabilities, such as Down's Syndrome or blindness (hence the service dog).

Culmone also stated that the company worked with a team at UCLA and with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, who has a prosthetic arm, to make the brand new dolls as realistic as possible. 

Reeves suggested that the prosthetic limb should be removable, giving the company one of their “first big ahas”, according to Culmone. "That’s not necessarily something we would have realised how important it would be to someone living with this experience."

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The September Issue is the most important issue of the year for any fashion publication. 

Teen Vogue have chosen to celebrate and showcase diversity with their choice of models this September, featuring three models with disabilities. 

'There wasn't anyone who looked like me in any magazines or mainstream media.' said Jillian Mercado, one of the stunning cover stars who has spastic muscular dystrophy.


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'It excluded me from something that I was very passionate about.'

Donning Comme-des-Garcons and Kenzo, Jillian's striking features and on-camera capabilities send a clear message – models with disabilities are here, they're talented, and they deserve recognition and representation.   

Model, amputee and disability activist Mama Cāx also features in the trio – and wrote a post to her 160,000 followers expressing her delight.

'This bald Haitian girl with one leg is on the freakin cover of Teen Vogue’s September issue,' she wrote. 'The past couple of weeks have been unbelievably surreal.'


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'When I started looking for a modelling agency 10 months ago, it was met with plenty of rejections but I love a challenge. I found a family at @jagmodels and have been so grateful to be represented by an agency that valued my personality and mission above everything.'

'@teenvogue launched their latest issue with 3 separate covers – defying beauty standards and showing that people with disabilities can have a space in fashion.'

'What makes us different, makes us unique, we become assets when we see this world through a unique lens. This is also a greater call to inclusion elsewhere–Our time is now. To the little girls who will see this, don't let anyone tell you you can't, dream the impossible and go for it.'

Gymnast and model Chelsea Werner poses elegantly atop a tier of fabric-covered platforms in a high-low mix of Marni and Reeboks on the third cover.


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The two time world champion gymnast and four time united states Special Olympics champion's powerful stance and life achievements are a stoic reminder of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance, and opver on Instagram, she hails her Teen Vogue cover an ' amazing honour.'

The triad of images have received a huge amount of praise on social media.  

'I’ve never loved the cover (s) of a magazine more! Honestly you guys have the BEST September issue out,' reads one comment.

'This is so important. This is so long overdue,' said another. 



Brooklyn Beckham may have joined the ranks of those super celebs to land themselves on the pages of Vogue, but he still believes the selfie is the ultimate art form.

The 16-year old teamed up with Teen Vogue to create the perfect guide to Instagram, and Brooklyn is sharing his best tricks for how to keep your selfie game strong.


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While some of us might struggling to pick the right filter, or asking ourselves the important questions like ‘do I crop or not?’ Brooklyn reminds us “don’t forget to chill out from time to time.”

That’s probably easy enough for him to say when he has hundreds of fans claiming him to be the “fittest of the fit”.


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He also has 4.2 million followers on Instagram, so it’s safe to say he is speaking from a place of experience. Although, as one commenter mentioned, maybe you should reconsider taking filter advice from someone who doesn’t post mainly black and white photos.

He would also like to officially put an end to the selfie stick. According to the teen when every single photo on your profile is a selfie, then you need to reconsider your Instagram choices.

“You wouldn’t beg someone to be your mate in real life would you?”

Instead he tells us to keep an eye out from “interesting things going on around you.” Noted.

Brooklyn himself managed to snap up a storm when he was spotted out and about in Paris with Sonia Ben Ammar.

After posting several photos of their jaunt around the city they had everyone speculating if there was a romance on the cards. They even stopped at the famous ‘Love Lock’ bridge.



“Will it ever end?” We hear your cries as yet another contouring development is brought before us all.

The answer seems to be, for now anyway, a resounding no. Contouring is the way of the future, people have been saying this for a quite a while now so we might as well all just climb on board. Teen Vogue are the latest to praise the trend, and they only trust Cocoa Brown with their contour.

The next phase in the contouring cycle is: ‘tontouring’.

Developed by none other than Marissa Carter of Cocoa Brown, tontouring is “the opportunity to wake up looking naturally, perfectly contoured,” the beauty mogul explains to Teen Vogue.

Yes, Cocoa Brown is not just for us and a certain Kardashian-Jenner sister, Teen Vogue are huge fans too.


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This approach to contouring uses make up brushes and different shades of tan (Marissa suggests the mousse formula to avoid clogged pores) to create “dimension.”

Using a foundation brush and tan to create a base glow, she then uses a darker shade and a contour brush under the cheek bones to make them appear higher and more defined.

According to Marissa the biggest perk of using fake tan as a contouring tool is that you only need to do it once a week, the tan lasts longer than your usual make up.

As the magazine points out though, if you are going to try the tontouring approach you should probably take some time and do it right for the first application:

“Self-tanner is not always the easiest formula to work with.”

Indeed, nobody enjoys having streaky fake tan anywhere, especially not on your face. We do love our Cocoa Brown though. We really want to trust that it would never let us down.



Lea Michele has been a picture of strength and composure during the last six months since the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith.

Nobody would think any differently of the Glee star had she broken down or disappeared from public for a while considering the extent of her loss, but she’s continue to put on a brave face.

Since losing the love of her life, Lea has thrown herself into her work and her new album Louder, which is due for release in February.

Speaking about the album, Lea told Teen Vogue what Cory had said about her new career move: “You’re going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?”

Lea also spoke about feeling Cory with her throughout her new life without him saying: “There’s something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him”.

Lea Michele is definitely one strong and very inspirational woman.