Posts tagged "barbie"

These Dolls Are Pushing Barbie Right Out Of Nigeria

The concept of the Western standard of beauty is slowly disintegrating, and in Nigeria, that slow pace is picking up steam, all thanks to a set of dolls. The Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls were created by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya, after he realized that his three daughters were only playing…

By: Beejoli Shah / January 21, 2015

“Barbie Blad” Photo Series Shows America’s Favorite Beauty Queen In A Harsher Light

We've all heard the criticism that Barbie dolls warp young girls' beauty ideals, but what if those little girls got to see a Barbie with a less than perfect appearance? Paris photographer Hamid Blad wanted to take a deeper look at Barbie's beauty (or lack thereof), so he put together his "Barbie Blad" series, which…

By: Claire Hannum / January 5, 2015

‘Normal Barbie’ Will Have Cellulite, Stretch Marks And Acne Add-Ons

Not only will "Normal Barbies" have the bodies of an average American woman -- their skin will also look something like "normal," too. An add-on pack will allow kids to give their dolls acne, cellulite, stretch marks and more. Last year, artists and researcher Nickolay Lamm designed the original "Lammily" dolls, scaled to the measurement…

By: Huffington Post Women / November 19, 2014

Human Ken Says Human Barbie Is His “Arch-Nemesis”

Justin Jedlica, also known as the Human Ken Doll, has a problem with Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova, who he calls his "arch-nemesis." I'm getting a crazy flashback to that time when I was six and made my Barbie kick Ken out of the Dream House. Jedlica and Lukyanova have met in the past, and Jedlica…

By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

Girl Scouts Has Been Asked To End Its Partnership With Barbie And I Kind Of Hope It Does

The Girl Scouts of the USA is under pressure from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream to end its partnership with Barbie, which it began last summer. The organization teamed up with Mattel to offer a Barbie webpage, activity book and uniform patch for Girl Scouts aged 5 to…

By: Claire Hannum / March 8, 2014

“Normal-Sized Barbie” Could Be Coming To A Kid Near You

How awesome would it be if we could hand a kid a doll that didn't have absurdly unrealistic proportions like Barbie does? You may remember last year's 3D print of a Barbie created using the average measurements of a 19-year-old girl. It made waves on the internet because, spoiler alert, the original Barbie's shape was nothing

By: Claire Hannum / March 6, 2014

If Only Plus-Size Barbies Were A Real Thing!

There are Asian dolls and Jewish dolls and Black dolls ... and 1,894 variations of other dolls that Mattel, Bratz and the American Girl Company have dreamed up. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a doll that more accurately reflects the body size of the majority of American women — that i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2013

A Glimpse Inside The Not-So-Perfect World Of Barbie And Ken

"In The Doll House," a new photo series by Dina Goldstein, gives us a peek inside Barbie's Dreamhouse, where things are not always as they seem: 'In the doll house’ examines the less than perfect life of B and K. B is a super doll, the most successful doll in the world. Her partner K…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 12, 2013

The Man With 6,000 Barbies Can’t Get A Date Because Women Feel Competitive With His Dolls

Jian Yang, a 33-year-old man from Singapore has one of the largest private collections of Barbie Dolls in the world. This self-described "toy nerd" has dedicated the last 20 years of his life collecting 6,000 Barbies, Bratz Girls, Monster High dolls, Care Bears and Jem and the Holograms action figures valued at nearly half a…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 4, 2013

Barbie Has The Tiniest Coach Purse Ever

With Mattel's Barbie sales sinking these days, Mattel decided to team up with Coach in what seems like an appeal to both classic Coach collections and the tradition of the Barbie doll. This tiny tribute to Coach fashion can be yours for just $95, which is way less than an actual Coach bag. Sounds like…

By: Mary Odell / August 8, 2013

Mattel And NASA Made The Mars Rover Pink For Barbie

Every time Barbie gets some kind of awesome makeover that makes us like her again, she goes and pink-ifies something awesome in a way we find hugely annoying, and this time NASA got in on the job. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, NASA collaborated with Mattel to…

By: The Gloss / August 7, 2013

I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

I think I'm a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually "doctor," in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal ("Help! A hippopotamus bit my…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

Is Barbie On The Decline?

Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there's good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll's popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a row. To…

By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

Barbie Gets A Beautifully Average Body Makeover

A couple months ago, we saw an artist's rendition of what Barbie might look like without makeup (and a few nights of no sleep). Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created a mockup version of Barbie based on the average measurements of 19-year-old American woman. As we all know, if Barbie were real she would spend…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 3, 2013

We Want To Go To There: A Life-Size Replica Of Barbie’s Dreamhouse

When I was a kid, the best day of my life was the day my mom gave me her old Barbie Dreamhouse. It was made of pink cardboard, but equipped with all the swanky Malibu details you'd expect. My barbies spent many hours cooking dinner in the luxury kitchen and then retreating to the bedroom…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 17, 2013

This Creepy Real-Life Barbie Infographic Makes The Doll Ideal Very Unappealing

In case you had somehow forgotten just how bizarre and unrealistic the Barbie ideal actually is, this new infographic makes the whole crazy thing very, very clear. Check out all of the statistics at the source. [The Fashion Spot via Rehabs.com]…

By: Rachel Krause / April 23, 2013

Ever Wonder What Barbie Looks Like Without Makeup?

It's always interesting to see our favorite celebs without makeup, and now, thanks to graphic artist Eddi Aguirre, we can also get a glimpse of what the most famous doll in the world might look like sans fards. Barbie has under-eye bags and flyaways? You better believe it! [Boing Boing]…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 18, 2013

Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite -- who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie -- that they would not do so because it's not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I'm not surprised, but…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Where Are The Black Barbie Birthday Themes?

Karen Braithwaite is a mom any Barbie lover would be lucky to have: she is asking Mattel to make birthday party merchandise featuring black Barbie dolls. Mattel already sells black Barbie dolls (Barbie's black friend Christie appeared in 1968; these days Barbie herself is black) and certain black Barbie items, such as stickers. But their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 6, 2013

Do Not Want: Barbie Boob Necklaces

If I work really hard, I can almost convince myself that these Barbie boob necklaces are funky and irreverent and cool, but then I remember they're made from disembodied doll parts, and get creeped out. If that wasn't bad enough, I can only imagine that adding a second pair of boobs to my chest area…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 25, 2013
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