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 sets of party goodies — cups, plates, etc. — do not include a complete set with black Barbies. All the full sets portray Barbie as white. Keep reading »
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 would exponentially increase the amount of times I’d need to say, “Dude, my eyes are up here.” [Pinterest, You Are Drunk]
In America we’ve got Build-A-Bear and American Girl Stores to indulge your inner child and/or eavesdrop on temper tantrums. Taipei, Taiwan, one-ups us in the girliest way possible with its newly opened Barbie Cafe. It’s got hot pink decor, waitresses in tiaras, and macarons served in martini glasses. Barbies, of course, adorn all of the walls.
Check out another pic from the Barbie Cafe after the jump: Keep reading »
When I was a little girl, playing LEGOs with my little brother was far from appealing. Not only did I have no interest in hanging out with him anyway, but I much preferred settling myself in my bedroom loft, cutting my Barbie’s hair off and allowing her to scandalously peck my Swan Princess Prince Derek Barbie doll on the cheek. Barbie got lucky with him. He was a hunk.
Next week, though, Mattel will be combining a LEGO-like atmosphere with Barbie in their new construction set, Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style. This new toy, featuring a mini-Barbie that can attach to each construction site, comes in various scenes like “a fashion boutique, a mansion and an ice cream cart,” where the children can rearrange and build the play set themselves. Keep reading »
Everyone, I’d like you to meet Drag Queen Barbie. Created for Mattel (yep, this is a real, official, honest-to-God Barbie) by design duo The Blonds, the cross-dressing doll is decked out in a bejeweled mini dress, satin-lined fur cape, and some seriously smoky eye makeup. Drag Queen Barbie is a collector’s edition, so she doesn’t come cheap, but hey, $125 is a small price to pay to add a fierce gender-bending Barbie to your heteronormative doll collection. Currently available for pre-order at Barbie Collector, Drag Queen Barbie will be released just in time for Christmas, but if Santa forgets to bring you one, don’t get too discouraged–you can always DIY your own with a fabulous Barbie dress and a willing Ken Doll. [Clutch]
Although the theme for their Somerset, England prom was “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory,” two young ladies in England did not hold back from reliving the scenes they had once performed with their Barbies years ago. Emily Pounde and Hannah Jagger arrived at their prom dressed up in their gowns but encased inside giant Barbie boxes.
Pounde’s “mum” is the mastermind behind these nearly $400 creations, made out of plywood and Perspex. ”After all the feedback the girls’ entrance got, I’d say it was worth the effort,” Christine, Pounde’s mother, told the Western Gazette. Keep reading »
Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called “In The Dollhouse,” photographer Dina Goldstein captures Barbie and Ken’s failing marriage as Ken tries to sort out his own sexuality in an unseen lifestyle within the Dream House walls. [DinaGoldstein.com]
I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world … For most of us, “Barbie Girl” was just a catchy pop song in the summer of 1997. But for some truly special individuals women, the Barbie doll lifestyle and the cartoonish femininity it suggests is a dedicated way of life. This here is Valeria Lukyanova, 21, of Russia, a normal-looking, pretty blonde woman … until she pops in blue contact lenses and piles on the makeup, at which point she totally looks like a Barbie doll come alive. Valeria’s wallpapered her Facebook page with pics of herself resembling the Mattel doll and the glassy-eyed vacant look is so severe, some people wonder if she’s even real. Photoshop hoax? “Real girl”? You be the judge. [Daily Mail UK]
After the jump, let’s meet some more real-life human Barbie dolls you might chance upon in the Barbie Dream House.
Photograher Hayden Wood spent a lot of time as a retoucher and graphic artist, which is probably why his photos of models posed as Barbie and Ken are so eerie. His series, Living Dolls, transforms real people into plastic dolls, sans expression, emotion or proper proportions. [Flavorwire]
We admit it! We greeted the announcement of a “Hunger Games” Barbie with a little skepticism. Okay, a lot of skepticism. The secondary marketing for the movie (which took first place at the box office for the third weekend in a row this weekend, beating “Titanic‘s 3D” rerelease and yet another “American Pie” movie, grossing more than $450 million globally so far) has ridden a surprisingly satirical line by speaking to its audience as if they were citizens of the hedonistic, voyeuristic Capitol; casting those who would excitedly anticipate The Hunger Games as those who would excitedly anticipate the Hunger Games.
A Katniss Barbie, however, seemed outside of that particular merchandizing plan. We feared the transformation of Katniss Everdeen into a Barbie doll in much the same way that Katniss is transformed into a dressed up Capitol plaything, but it appears what we’ve actually gotten looks more like an action figure than anything else. Read more…