When you’re little you have certain idea’s and hopes of what you’re going to be when you grow up. Most likely you’re curious and excited as well. “Will I be tall? Will I be pretty? I’m going to be smart! I’m going to rule the world!!!” There are lots of things growing up that build your expectations and form your thoughts.
Growing up I always played with Barbies. I’m sure a lot of you did too. Barbies have been around what feels like forever and have ruled the doll industry a lot of that time. Surprisingly enough the Barbie doll began as a college project of someone showing what an “unrealistic” view of a women’s body are thought that they should look like. Not a great start for a doll that are handed to little girls on a daily basis.
Tall, leggy, blonde, skinny, with big boobs – this is what we should look like? A cookie cutter image, right?
I’ve heard the barbie stereotype gone around as compliments and insults. “Ohmygosh, she’s as fake as a Barbie!” or “I always tell her she’s beautiful…seriously, she looks like a Barbie doll!”
Whether we like it or not we all have ties and preconceived notions about Barbies…and the Barbie company decided to change all that.
The Barbie company decided to come out with a brand new Barbie collection.
Now, we all know that talking about toys and Barbies is not the type of stuff I usually write about. So, why now?
Because growing up I loved Barbies, but eventually I came to dislike this doll and what it stood for. An unrealistic and unattainable symbol of beauty. Quite a change from the little girl that played with them every single day, right?
But now, at 19 I get to see the Barbie company come out with a new Barbie collection that redefines all Barbies, and for the better.
They have a short, petite Barbie.
A taller Barbie.
A Barbie who is not unrealistically thin (they call her “more curvy” but I honestly hate that term, so I’m choosing not to use it.).
The hair is different, the skin tone, the clothes are redefined because of the differences in all these Barbies.
It’s a revolutionary change for the Barbie industry.
Does it affect me? Maybe not. But it does affect many little girls who can now see all these Barbies as beautiful, just like them. I heard someone say that we should be teaching kids not to attach themselves to a plastic image – that kids should learn not to identify with a piece of plastic. But here’s the deal: every child has an imagination, which should grow and blossom. What we put into children’s hands are tools for there imagination. That’s why we imagine to “look like barbie” or “not look like barbie.”
This is a good thing guys.
A very good thing.
Prayers, and Music!!