Barbie 2.0

Let’s face it. Barbie is eternal. From her early days of sky-blue eyeshadow and unbending legs, through her flirtation with the Swinging Sixties, to her attempts at corporate ladder-climbing, she is the toy that will not die; love her or hate her, she’s the tippy-toed doyenne of childhood.

And she’s hanging tough into the 21st century. I saw her today, in K-Mart’s Christmas themed window, and after I stopped gagging at the idea that someone thought I was ready to think about the holidays (um, talk to me, I don’t know, December 23?) I had to look more closely at this festive, not-yet-seasonally-appropriate Barbie and her tastefully brown friend:

Barbie’s friend isn’t African American, I don’t think: I thinks she’s a Mumbai gal with a look that’s pure Bollywood (that hair! those dramatic eyes!)

But Bollywood Barbie isn’t the only 21st century updating that’s happened here. Barbie herself is looking very…I think the phrase they use in L.A. is “well rested,” particularly around the mouth:

I think Barbie’s had a little work done, don’t you? She’s got a sort of Melanie Griffith, Lisa Rinna, Meg Ryan thing going on–a mouth all puffy and plumpety-plump, like a squashed tomato.

She’s a 21st century gal, all right, this Barbie: a South Asian friend and a Restylaned, Juverdermed mouth. What more could a little girl ask for?

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3 Responses to Barbie 2.0

  1. KSB November 5, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Have you read Ann DuCille’s _Skin Trade_? Interesting chapter on Barbie and “black” Barbie.

    BTW, Christmas windows already??? Thanksgiving’s still three weeks away!

  2. a guy November 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    You are too funny DQ! In this picture, it’s the area under her eyes and near her nose that looks ‘toxd to me.

  3. Ann November 9, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Holy crap, you’re right! She’s totally gotten “plumped.” Do you think they’ll do a 9-months-later version where it looks like her mouth has collapsed in on itself, like a pumpkin two weeks after Halloween?

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