Barbie featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Barbie in Sports Illustrated (Mattel)

February 12, 2014 12:05:01 PM PST
The upcoming 50th anniversary edition of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue will feature some legendary women who have worn a one or two piece; among them, Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Kate Upton and Barbie.

Mattel reached out to Sports Illustrated last year to collaborate on the swimsuit issue. The toy company says it wanted to feature Barbie in the magazine because the doll is a cultural icon and a "boundary breaking" woman.

As expected, there's controversy online. Many people say Mattel and Sports Illustrated are objectifying women with this new spread and sending the wrong message to girls.