Barbie introduces first doll with vitiligo

Barbie released its first doll with vitiligo, a disease in which blotches of skin lack pigment.

(CNN/Meredith) -- Barbie dolls are known for getting makeovers. But, this time, the toys are evolving to better reflect the children who play with them.

Barbie maker Mattel says a new release of toys is the brand's "most diverse doll line" yet.

Some of the new barbies have rainbow-colored hair or afros. Others have wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs. They come in varied skin tones and one even has vitiligo – a disease in which blotches of skin lack pigment.

Barbie says on its website the dolls are to add "more diversity for endless storytelling possibilities." Barbie says there are now 176 dolls with 9 body types, 35 skin tones and 94 hairstyles to choose from.

Most of the dolls are priced between $9.99 and $15.99. You can get them here.

Mattel has been criticized in the past for its unrealistic portrayal of beauty.

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