In March 2000, stories appeared in the media claiming that the hard used in vintage Barbie dolls could leak toxic chemicals, causing danger to children playing with them. The claim was described as an overreaction by Joseph Prohaska, a professor at the . A modern Barbie doll has a body made from plastic, while the head is made from soft .
Barbie has become a and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. In 1974, a section of in New York City was renamed Barbie Boulevard for a week. The at the Louvre held a Barbie exhibit in 2016. The exhibit featured 700 Barbie dolls over two floors as well as works by contemporary artists and documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize Barbie.
In September 2003, the Middle Eastern country of outlawed the sale of Barbie dolls, saying that she did not conform to the ideals of Islam. The stated "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, and tools are a symbol of decadence to the West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful." In Middle Eastern countries, there is an alternative doll called , which is equivalent to Barbie but is designed specifically to accommodate an Islamic community. Fulla is not made by the Mattel Corporation, and the Barbie brand continues to be available in other Middle Eastern countries including . In , , introduced in March 2002, are available as an alternative to Barbie, even though they have not been as successful as Barbie.
The standard range of Barbie dolls and related accessories are manufactured to approximately , which is also known as . The standard dolls are approximately 11½ inches tall.
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