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"Dora the Explorer" Teen Look Previewed, Causes Uproar

Nickelodeon and Mattel have released a teaser silhouette of a revamped Dora the Explorer line of toys that will debut in the fall, which will turn the character into a teenager who has abandoned her shorts and sneakers for longer hair, what seems to be a short skirt, and pointed ballet pumps. In the new line of toys, “the tweenage Dora will live in the big city, attend middle school and have a new wardrobe and accessories.”

The silhouette has raised the ire of several parents, including the co-authors of the book Packaging Childhood, who complain that the new look and planned conversion of Dora into a fashion plate isn’t true to the character she is as a child.

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