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Courtesy: kunc.org

Courtesy: kunc.org

The maker of the Barbie Doll, Mattel, is a no stranger to controversy. Their popular doll has often landed them in the hot seat for body image and body-type concerns.

Now, their Monster High Dolls–which debuted in 2010–are not only making the company money, but stirring up a new pot of controversy for them.

The Monster High Dolls, which have been dubbed “Goth Barbies” are one of the hottest selling dolls on the market right now. They come in second only to the the “Barbie Doll.” The dolls are said to be relatives of well-known monsters Dracula, zombies, werewolves, and ghosts.

Mattel reps have gone on the record saying the dolls are meant to to celebrate being unique, promoting acceptance and diversity.

Critics have gone on record arguing they are not good role models for children, and create a lack of diversity with the dolls being mostly white, rail thin, and hyper-feminine.

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