Barbie vs Bratz: Which is best?

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Difference between Barbie and Bratz

Dolls have been a favorite with girls and all since time immemorial. Now, girls love Barbie dolls and Bratz dolls as well. Barbie has been more popular with girls than Bratz dolls due to the amazing looks of the former. Barbie draws its inspiration from real life and is available in all kinds of outfits and makeup. Bratz was launched after Barbie but its dolls also consist of boys apart from girls unlike Barbie. Unlike Barbie, it has four main series of dolls called the Jade, Sasha, Cloe, and Yasmin. Barbie has become a household name now, with every girl having played with this doll in her childhood. Bratz have been unable to assume this kind of popularity.



Barbie is a doll with rather normalized proportions but Bratz have oversized facial specifications like face, hair and eyes. Bratz dolls have bigger eyes and longer voluminous hair in contrast to Barbie. Bratz dolls don't have quite as delicate features as Barbie dolls. Bratz are 10 inch in size whereas a Barbie dolls vary widely in size.


Barbie is a far older doll than Bratz because it debuted in 1959 whereas the latter came up in 2001 only.


Barbie was banned in Islamic countries but alternatives have come available recently. An international series of Barbie dolls have been well received with some dolls being based on popular real life ethnic personalities. Bratz have never faced any such repercussions. The Bratz dolls have been given more adaptations for making them affable with customers, for example, with a Be-Bratz doll, any doll owner can name an online doll after him/her and use it on a social networking site. He/she can use the doll's image as a part of his personal appearance on the forum.


Bratz were released as Bratz only. But Barbie had a name change in 1964 because initially it was launched as Lilli in 1959. The creators of Bratz, MGA entertainment have been sued by Barbie because it believes that it's just an imitation of Barbie. Bratz have now been discontinued due to this lawsuit and MGA entertainment has come up with Mozie Girlz as a replacement. However, Bratz will make a reentry in August 2010 year to celebrate its 9th anniversary.

Similarities and Differences

  • Importance:

    Barbie is not just a doll but a cultural icon that has received many cultural accolades since its issue now. A painting of Barbie was made by Andy Warhol in 1985. Unlike Bratz which has not made such an impression now, people look up to Barbie as a symbol of beauty. It also made an appearance at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held in New York on its 50th birthday.
  • Popularity:

    It all depends on your own choice as Barbie is more popular and preferred by many people as compared to Bratz.
  • Accessories:

    Barbie Dolls also have accessories, books and cosmetics issued under the brand name. Since Barbie is a character unlike Bratz, it has made an appearance in popular movie Toy story 2.

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