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 recently told GQ:
“She’s a cute girl…I don’t really get her. I don’t get why people think she’s so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She’s an illusionist…Unlike me, who has spent nearly $150,000 permanently transforming myself into a human Ken doll, Valeria just plays dress up. But as soon as you wipe away all that makeup, she’s just a plain Jane and there’s absolutely nothing special about her.”
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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 8. The partnership marked the first ever Girl Scout patch that has corporate sponsorship, which sounds all kinds of skeevy to me. Keep reading »
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 like the average-sized doll. Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, the genius behind that project, got bombarded with questions about where parents could buy a doll like his creation. Lamm couldn’t point to any doll on the market with a realistic look, so he took things into his own hands. Keep reading »
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 is to say, not a size 2. Even a Barbie who wasn’t plus-size but simply less impossibly slim would be an improvement! This image of a plus-size Barbie is, of course, just a mockup (which was posted on the Facebook page for Plus Size Modeling and is garnering the usual criticisms/praise). But in all honesty, a doll like this should exist. If we can’t get rid of Barbie dolls for little kids, we could at least make her more realistic looking. [Daily Mail UK] [Image via Daily Mail UK]
“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 is grappling with his sexuality and finds himself in a loveless marriage. He struggles with his position in the household and faces his lack of authenticity.
After the jump, check out a couple more snaps from the series, which is currently on display at the Kimoto Gallery in Vancouver, BC. [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
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 million dollars. So why is he single? Because most eligible ladies I know would be JUMPING at the chance to date a man who spends all of his disposable income on toys. Most of us would be frothing at the mouth to get up in Jian’s pad and check out his prized “Great Shape” Barbie from 1984. Keep reading »
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 a deal to me. Although I have my problems with Barbie, I can’t help but be drawn to her tiny Coach purse. It isn’t even that I particularly like Coach purses, but I do love miniatures that looks exactly like their larger counterparts. Examples include baby Converse and mini bottles of Tabasco sauce. [Huffington Post]
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 produce Mars Explorer Barbie, complete with a shiny, figure-flattering, slim-fit space suit with metallic hot pink accents. Her helmet and oxygen tank are hot pink.
Most annoyingly, this Barbie does not actually come with a tiny model of the Curiosity rover, which seems like a huge oversight to us. The only love the rover gets is a tiny cardboard cutout that will surely be thrown away with the box packaging. Read more at The Gloss…
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 be fair, toy sales the U.S. and Europe have not been faring particularly well this year in general, and Mattel is doing relatively well compared to other large toy companies. But this is no thanks to Barbie — most of their sales come from the American Girl Dolls and Monster High Dolls. Keep reading »
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 most of her time tipping over due to her completely unrealistic, back-breaking proportions. Average Barbie looks much more sturdy, no? [Yahoo Shine]