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Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Keep reading »

Rachel Zoe And Barbie Collide, The World Goes Bananas!

Barbie makes an appearance on tonight’s episode of “The Rachel Zoe Project.” Mattel created a Barbie in Rachel‘s likeness (left), and she, in turn, styled Barbie for a red carpet appearance (right). Mattel got Rachel completely right — from her oversized sunnies down to her extra flared-leg jeans. But I’m not too impressed with styled-by-Rachel-Zoe Barbie. Why? Because she looks like every other collectible Barbie doll. Check out a clip of the episode, in which Rachel reveals the Barbies to Brad, after the jump. Keep reading »

Ick: Barbie Feet

We agree with our girls at The Gloss that this image is likely Photoshopped, but it still makes us want to vom in the Dream House toilet. [The Gloss] Keep reading »

Nekkid Barbie Calendar Makes Us Feel Pervy

We know it’s just plastic, but somehow it feels really wrong. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Barbie Video Girl + Scavenger Hunt = Adult Summer Play

Barbie Video Girl is the latest addition to the Barbie family, but she’s not some doll that fancies herself a music video model, camera person, or video editor. No, this doll is much cooler than that. Barbie Video Girl is actually a video camera that can record your summer adventures. There’s a tiny camera lens in her necklace and a monitor in her back. And she’s compatible with both Mac and PC. What’s even more exciting is the adult scavenger hunt to kick off the launch of Barbie Video Girl. You can win fun prizes, free swag, and maybe a Barbie Video Girl doll of your own. The doll has already landed in San Francisco, and throughout the day Barbie Video Girl will post clues to her whereabouts via Twitter (@BarbieStyle) and Foursquare (@BarbieStyle). You only have one day to find her, but Barbie Video Girl is also going to hit up a few fun and fashionable spots in L.A. tomorrow, Chicago on Thursday, and NYC on Friday. Read the official rules for the scavenger hunt here. And good luck! [$49.99, Mattel] Keep reading »

Move Over, Barbie: Ken Doll Models For Esquire

Barbie had a million jobs, but did we ever really know what Ken did? With that head of hair, of course he’s a model. This month, Ken is tricked out in teeny, tiny men’s fall fashions for Esquire UK. We pity the assistant who tailored that miniature Gucci duffle bag! [Esquire UK] Keep reading »

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