The new Dora has longer hair, a thinner body, and small pearl earrings. She is pictured as a teenage version of the original Dora, yet she wears a long tunic with purple leggings and some ballet flats. It is true that she does look more grown up than the previous pudgy girl who wore shorts and sneakers, but there is an indubitable different between the criticisms of mothers and the true appearance of her new character. They rally behind the idea that Dora will begin to “explore her sexuality instead of explore the woods” and begin to list the variety of things Dora would begin to do like drink, smoke, and get pregnant.
It makes me wonder why mothers are so concerned about the image on the left when I didn't hear anything from mothers when Lizzie McGuire started shopping for bras and started sporting a new look with tighter clothes that showed off Hilary Duff's recently acquired "assets." Mothers have actually created a petition against the new tween Dora, complaining that they have lost the "only Latina role model for children" to the Bratz-like materialistic craze of many girly products.In this edited version of Mattel's released picture, Dora is seen sporting many of the stereotypes of Latinas. She is a smoker, an alcoholic, and a soon-to-be teenage mom. There's a tattoo on her arm and a welfare check in her beloved "backpack, backpack," and the new facial discoloration suggest she's been on drugs on some sort. Honestly, it all seems a little far fetched for a girl who is just going on to middle school sporting a newer look.