I loved Barbies growing up. I still love Barbie. When cleaning out the garage a few weeks ago, Blueberry found some old Barbies of mine and wanted to play with them. So of course, I let her. I mean Barbie is awesome. Blueberry likes to watch the Barbie Dream House show on Netflix so she knows who Barbie is.
And Barbie is everything. She has so many careers, in one episode she forgot she was a veterinarian but remembered just in time!
So….why do people love to hate on her?
In the picture above, the Barbie in pink is brand new, the other one was mine, probably from around 1996? Barbie has changed a lot since then. There are so many articles abut how Barbie gives girls a bad sense of worth, a bad body image, and many people are always asking for Barbie to be made more realistic.
Barbie of 2015 has much wider hips, wider stomach, smaller boobs. I really think a lot of the people complaining about Barbie haven’t actually taken the time to see what Barbie looks like today. Because really, she looks realistic to me. Not that every woman looks like Barbie 2015 but she looks more “real” than Barbie 1996.
Truth time: I also struggle with body image. I’m 5’4″ and honestly think that with 2 more inches to my frame, I would look more proportioned. But growing taller isn’t easy. I mean, I’ve been this tall since I was 12. And through all the years, I’ve never once thought “if only I looked like Barbie.” I don’t want to be Barbie. I want to be her friend. I would guess most girls want to be Barbie’s friend, not Barbie herself. The only part about Barbie that I envied was all her jobs. She’s literally done everything.
A company recently made a new doll, intended to replace Barbie. Of course, that will never happen. Barbie is Queen B. But really, the other doll, Lammily isn’t going to work. For one, her name is super weird. And two, she isn’t pretty. Does that sound mean? Barbie is a fashion doll, she’s supposed to be pretty. All the other new dolls are super weird too. Bratz, Monster’s High? I don’t know. Will they make girls want to be vampires? Where’s the outcry for these dolls making little girls want to be supernatural creatures? Why is Barbie such an easy target? I guess when you’re on top, you get picked on the most.
But people need to just get over it so Blueberry just play with Barbie without being hassled because I don’t see Barbie as creating bad body imagine in little girls, I see Barbie as inspiring girls to be whatever and whoever they want to be.