So happy birthday to a fashion icon and a former young girls role model!
I remember when my Mom gave me my first Barbie in 1959. She was the "Teen Barbie" the first in the series and she came dressed in a black and white stripped, strapless bathing suit that was held up by her gigantic perky boobs( to me they were gigantic, mine were tiny little nubs)
When not sunbathing, Barbie also could wear her long black formal mermaid dress ,with a bow down on the ruffle. Great outfit for grocery shopping and cleaning the toilet.
I really loved her high heeled stilettos, almost the same as my mom's 3 inch heals that I was always trying to walk in. I think that I have a "thing" for shoes....thank goodness I can't really walk in heels.... saves me a lot of money!
Then in 1962, Mattel came out with a brunette, bubble haired Barbie, very sixties, she came with a beautiful long gown with a white mink stole, so glamorous.
By 1967, Barbie was able to twist and turn, and bend at the waist and legs, she had long red hair and came with a two piece bathing suit,(very sexy) a cover up and a hot pink go go dress.
In 1971 (the year that I got married) Malibu Barbie came on the scene . She had a deep suntan, bathing suit with a see through cover up and a lemon yellow disco dress .
I was hoping to have children at some point and I thought maybe a little girl would be one of them. After two beautiful little boys, Julie arrived .
For Julie's 3rd birthday, I went out and bought a Malibu Barbie with the pink car. I had also saved my original Barbie dolls and I gave them to Julie also.. She never really played with the dolls much, she preferred playing with her brothers, and what ever they were doing. So Barbie quickly fell our of favor and ended up at the bottom of her toy box . She had other dolls... but mostly just liked playing with her brothers and to be outside.
A few years after I saw the Barbie dolls at the bottom of the toy box , I found them hanging by their necks in a tree with G.I. Joe !
It was so cute really, a little painful, but cute!
Barbie and I were born in the same decade and she was, for many years, a sort of role model for me and to many other girls.too. She was what I thought, being a grown up was all about! I was so naive!
Then the late sixties happened and I forgot about Barbie's perfect body and her perfect life. I now wanted to be a flower child , materialism was gone and peace and love filled my head. No time to wonder what I would be like when I was a grown-up. I already thought I was a grown up, away at college and in love!
Of course, we see now, the image that Barbie represented was so unrealistic and unachievable by most young women. The feelings of not being good enough, pretty enough, rich enough seemed to color our own perception of ourselves!So what do you think...is the Barbie's image worth having these days or is that image really a curse?
Do people look at pretty people and automatically think "air head"?