Forget pink ball gowns and feather boas. This Barbie's got attitude.
A new kind of Barbie doll has hit the stores, one with platform shoes, low-rise jeans, heavier makeup and an exposed navel. Called My Scene Barbie, the doll is Mattel Inc.'s attempt to stop girls from growing out of Barbie too fast and too soon -- and from defecting to Bratz, a line of funky dolls with sultry eyes and oversize heads that have become must-haves for the 8-to-12 age group since their launch more than a year ago.
``I'm not into Barbies,'' said Alex Stallings, 7, of Baltimore, who has five Bratz dolls. ``Bratz are cool. I am into fashion.''
Payton Anderson, 8, of Atlanta said she has been over Barbies since she was 6, and now wants Bratz dolls. ``Barbies are too babyish,'' said Payton, who's given her Barbies to her 5-year-old sister.