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Tattoo Barbie exits stores

The first Barbie doll to sport a permanent tattoo - on her midriff - has been taken out of production by its maker, Mattel, due to parental outcry.

This is just the latest controversy over a doll that has been criticized for encouraging an unhealthy body image in girls. Parents, concerned that Butterfly Art Barbie would influence their children, persuaded Mattel to drop the doll.

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The original design was even more dramatic - featuring triple-pierced ears and nose studs in addition to tattoos. Mattel dropped the piercings but kept the body art, hoping to update Barbie's image and revive flagging sales.

Source: AP