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A Mattel style expert answered your questions about interior design’s hottest pink trend, Barbiecore

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Kim Culmone, senior vice president and global head of design for Barbie and fashion dolls at Mattel, answered your questions about the Barbiecore design aesthetic on Thursday. Culmone started her career at Mattel in 1999 as a designer for Barbie. From 2013 to 2019, she was responsible for all the product and packaging for the Barbie brand. As featured in the 2015 Hulu documentary “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie,” Culmone led the design of the most ethnically diverse doll line in the brand’s history, including the introduction of three new doll body types — curvy, tall and petite. Here are some of the questions she answered:

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