Every 3 seconds, one Barbie doll is sold in the world. Over the 58 years of its existence, she has changed many professions and images: from a blonde model appearance to an IT developer with a ponytail and a simple T-shirt. It seems that this is the secret of her popularity: Barbie changes with the world, and in this article you will see her most unusual roles.
Barbie just changed outfits and professions from year to year, and people themselves looked for the hidden meaning in her images, invented it, then they themselves protested and fought against it. For more than half a century, this amazing process took place, about which the writer Linor Goralik wrote a whole book.
Ruth Handler once watched her daughter Barbara play with adult paper dolls, change their outfits and give them adult roles. She was tired of playing bobbleheads for a long time. This is how the idea to create an "adult" doll for girls came about.
1959. The prototype of Barbie was the Lilly doll by Heinz Frank - the heroine of popular German comics. In the story, a sexy busty blonde in pin-up style breeds fat cats for money and gifts. The doll was not originally intended for children, but was sold in tobacco shops and adult stores.
Mattel bought the rights to this doll - Lilly was no longer in production.
It's hard to believe, but then, in 1959, all suppliers abandoned the doll, arguing that there would be no demand for it. The first Barbie looked about 30 years old, she had "heavy" makeup and unnatural face and body shapes. But on the retail market, the doll sold out instantly. The parents protested, and the girls were delighted.
A year later, the company slightly changed the "coloring": lighter eyebrows were rounded, the lower eyeliner disappeared.
1960. The struggle of feminists in the early 60s for gender equality did not go unnoticed by manufacturers. The doll got its first profession - a fashion designer. The recognizable image of Barbie, which by that time was already sold in many countries, in turn, served as a catalyst for the movement for women's rights around the world.
In total, Barbie had 80 very different professions - from modeling to "male".
1961. Barbie motorist, fashion designer, singer, ballerina, nurse, teacher, flight attendant, firefighter - the girls were crazy about the doll. She dressed like a mom, went to work like a mom, wore makeup and hair like a mom, and was the perfect role model. Barbie has been branded as a consumer doll, a fashionista doll obsessively addicted to rags.
Traditional folk doll do-it-yourself master class
In the modern world, fewer and fewer people support traditions, technology has long come to the fore. The Russian people have always been hardworking. All toys, protective amulets and much more were done by hand. For example, dolls that were constantly in the house.
The amulet doll is a part of Russian culture. In ancient times, they served as toys for children, protection for adults. Therefore, they singled out folk dolls from fabric with their own hands:
For beginner craftsmen, there is a short plan for making dolls:
Head and neck. Prepare a square of fabric. Fold diagonally. Put cotton wool in the middle, fasten with threads, make a nose. Fix a cotton ball on the skewers. Cover with fabric, connect with the previous part.