Dora the Explorer: Now Packing Lipstick

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  03.18.09 | 11:09 AM ET

Yup, one of our favorite fictional travelers is all grown up. A “teaser silhouette” of the new Dora, released a couple weeks back, stirred up controversy, with parents worrying about the “sexy” image being projected to their children. Now the final image has been made public—and yes, as we suspected, Dora is now clearly packing makeup, accessories, and some serious hair product for her travels. “If the Dora we knew grew up,” laments one parent’s petition, “she wouldn’t be a fashion icon or a shopaholic. She’d develop her map reading skills and imagine the places she could go.”

What do you think? Is the new Dora too sexy, or is this a tempest in a talking backpack?

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for Dora the Explorer: Now Packing Lipstick

Jennifer 03.18.09 | 11:32 AM ET

I’m not sure Dora will be doing much “true” exploring looking like that!  Will she be exploring shopping malls now instead?  She looks like a standard Barbie cartoon image!!

Eva Holland 03.18.09 | 11:58 AM ET

Jennifer, agreed. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to the (infamous) Bratz dolls, too. She doesn’t really look ready for much rugged travel anymore, does she? (She doesn’t even have a backpack anymore!)

Jim Benning 03.18.09 | 12:29 PM ET

Oh no they didn’t!

As a Dora-watching father, I like the old Dora. Why did she need a makeover? Her utility ‘do and rugged boots allowed her to easily befriend crocodiles and traipsed through the jungle—and kids loved that. How is she going to rescue crocodiles in those little shoes, with her hair in her eyes? I hope they’ve invested in some serious health insurance for Dora, because I predict serious injuries.

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