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Sports Illustrated's issue featuring a swimsuit-clad Barbie on the cover angers parents

Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary issue that has a swimsuit-clad Barbie on the cover angers parents.

IBNLive.com

Updated:February 14, 2014, 1:53 PM IST
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Sports Illustrated's issue featuring a swimsuit-clad Barbie on the cover angers parents
Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary issue that has a swimsuit-clad Barbie on the cover angers parents.

Makers of the 55-year-old Barbie doll, idolised by little girls all over the world, have caused a massive controversy by making her the cover girl of Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. The Barbie, clad in a striped black and white swimsuit, has graced many Billboards in Times Square, New York with #unapologetic above the magazines release date - February 18. Though the Twitter hash-tag has created the buzz that it was meant to online, the move has been criticised by parents all over the world for objectifying women and sexualising a children's doll. According to Mirror News, Brian Driver, one of the many parents against the move, posted a comment on toymaker Mattel's Facebook page. "Misguided at best, disgusting at worst. As if Barbie didn't set an impossible ideal as it is, you have to put it in the SI Swimsuit Edition? Which does such a great job of objectifying women and reinforcing an unhealthy and unrealistic image of the female form, thanks to anorexia and Photoshop," commented Driver. While parents are busy criticising the move, Mattel and the Sports Illustrated team took a slightly defiant tone. In their defence, one of the editors at the magazine said that the swimsuit stood for empowerment, strength and beauty ever since its inception. Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley have made appearances in earlier swimsuit issues of the Sports Illustrated.

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