I’m sure the majority of us females and maybe even some males had or enjoyed playing with the very popular blonde doll known worldwide as Barbie. Most every girl had at least one Barbie with many many outfits. I used to love playing with my Barbie although dressing her was a task that I usually had to beg my mother or my older sister to do. I always wanted to be as pretty as Barbie and have her wonderful blonde hair. I’d spend hours dressing my Barbie for a day at the beach and take her swimming in the pool and then spend even more time dressing her for the Grand Ball the Ken would take her to that night. I’d root through the drawer in my Barbie suitcase looking for just the right shoes to go dancing in. I’d fix her hair with the tiny pink brush and make her look beautiful. I would then dress Ken in his sparkly silver suit and smooth down his brown plastic head full of hair, set him in the Tonka truck that I borrowed(without permission) from my brother so he could pick Barbie up for their date. They would have a wonderful time and then would spend the night in separate sides in my Barbie case until I took them out again.
Back then I never fully understood the body proportions Barbie had. Yes, I always knew she was very well endowed and had a tiny waist, but she was so pretty. Her clothing never fit right over her boobs but she was so glamorous that I didn’t care. All I knew was that I was going to grow up and be just like Barbie. Today there is much to be said about the glamorous doll and most of it is not good. In today’s society thanks to TV, magazines and huge billboards a girl has to almost starve herself in order for her to think of herself as pretty. If I only knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t think Barbie is the most beautiful thing ever. To be honest she is grossly disproportioned. Not only are her boob’s waaaaaaaaay too big for her body, but her waist is not even a waist and her height, well it may be good for being an amazon woman but not for the average man. Do I still think Barbie is beautiful? No, in fact I find her a rather disturbing icon for young girls.
The only redeeming fact of the Barbie Doll is that they have now brought out the Barbie for girls who are fighting cancer. Kudos to them for taking away the blonde locks of Barbie and giving her the look that these courageous young girls can relate to!