A clever, cute ad that shatters gender stereotypes ... by Barbie? Yep.

It's nothing personal, Barbie, but I'll be honest — I've taken issue with your brand for a few reasons.

Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images.


From allegedly encouraging unhealthy dieting habits to seriously dropping the ball on Computer Engineer Barbie (like, seriously, dropping the ball) — criticism directed at you runs far and wide. And for good reason!

But, I gotta admit, you're really bucking the trend with your new adone so un-Barbie-like, you don't even realize it's promoting the dolls until the very end.

It's a welcome change.

Throughout the two-minute video, bold, confident (and hilarious) girls show up to do their, well, ... big girl jobs.

Like, being a veterinarian.

Or a college professor talking about brain stuff.

One girl pulls off head coach of an all-male soccer team brilliantly.

And another is remarkably informed on dinosaurs in her position as a museum tour guide.

All GIFs via Barbie/YouTube.

The girls flaunt their wisdom and quick wit in front of unsuspecting adults, who — having no idea they're on camera — seem perplexed, charmed, and entertained throughout.

The girls' jobs — in fields related to science, sports, and medicine — not-so-subtly affirm the message to anyone watching: Yes, girls can grow up to be whatever they choose to be, free of gender stereotypes.

It isn't until the ad's surprising conclusion that you see how Barbie dolls play a role in the girls' lives.

The ad reflects a surprising change in Barbie advertising by focusing on girls' empowerment rather than the usual playtime accessories.

It's just the start of a " brand evolution," Evelyn Mazzocco, global SVP and general manager of Barbie, told Adweek. Mazzocco noted that the company is encouraging parents to rethink the dolls' role in their children's lives:

"This ongoing initiative is designed to remind today's parents that through the power of imagination, Barbie allows girls to explore their limitless potential."

One new ad certainly won't wash Barbie clean of decades of controversy.

But reminding girls they can feel confident pursuing their dreams — free of gender stereotypes — is certainly a step in the right direction.

Check out Barbie's ad below:

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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