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Barbie Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover draws controversy

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(Photo Courtesy: Sports Illustrated) (Photo Courtesy: Sports Illustrated)
WASHINGTON - Sports Illustrated and Mattel are two brands that have both faced critics claiming they promote unhealthy and unrealistic body images for women.

Well, now these two brands are teaming up, and their new campaign is already creating controversy.

Sports Illustrated and their yearly swimsuit editions have been the center of controversy before, and so has Mattel, the creators of Barbie. For similar reasons, both companies have seen complaints about how they depict women and their bodies.

Now together they have launched what they call their unapologetic campaign. Barbie is gracing the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition.

As you might have expected people have taken to social media in both support and outrage. On Tuesday, Barbie responded with an open letter on her website.

One part that stuck out was this: Barbie says, "Barbie dolls aren’t the problem. Models choosing to pose in a bikini aren’t the problem. The assumption that women of any age should only be part of who they are in order to succeed is the problem."
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