BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 22, 2015
Nigerian entrepreneur Taofick Okoya is making a name for himself with a line of dolls called “Queens of Africa.” After trying to purchase a doll for his niece at the store and finding only whitewashed toys, he realized stores in Nigeria were not carrying black dolls—and decided it was a major problem (which, of course, it absolutely is).
Okoya took matters into his own hands by creating products that “to promote a positive ... Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 20, 2014
Serious coding and computer engineering isn't something just for the boys (duh!), but that is the message you would get if you picked up the kid's book "Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer." Although you might assume at first glance that it's a super empowering and inspiring tale about Barbie reaching her dream of becoming a computer engineer, you would be wrong. A more accurate description would be that Barbie designs the game she wants to make for her coding ... Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 19, 2014
Maybe you've heard of Lammily before. She's the new girl in town, created by designer Nickolay Lamm, not to compete with Barbie dolls, but to offer a more realistic doll as an option for kids. In fact, Lammily is designed with the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman, and has a greater range of motion than a normal Barbie — all the better for starting her own small business or becoming a pilot or winning an Olympic Gold Medal, whatever your ... Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Nov 18, 2014
Were you a Barbie-loving 90's kid? Do you love all things fashion? Enter the world of Tiny Frock Shop, where high fashion runs on a much smaller scale. And I mean tiny. The online shop is exclusively for Barbie and all her style and accessory needs. Pamela Thompson, experienced designer, mother and Barbie fan, is the woman behind all this mini couture.
Thompson lived in New York City for eighteen years, and worked as a designer for major names like ... Read More
on Jul 02, 2014
When you think of the stereotypical computer technician what usually comes to mind? If you’re like me, you’re probably imagining some sort of nerdy Bill Gates look alike with wire-rimmed-glasses and a meager waistline. In today’s world, people rarely seem to associate women with these types of jobs. In fact, if you take the time to do a Google Images search for “computer technician” you won’t find a single picture of a ... Read More
For the artist Annette Thas, Barbie is a disturbingly bittersweet symbol of childhood nostalgia and longing; for installation piece “Wave I,” she uses between 3,000 and 5,000 barbie dolls to build a sculptural wave, re-appropriating the doll as a means of translating her earliest memories, scenes which now flood her after returning to Belgium to care for her ill sister.
For the artist, the wave is meant to convey her own ... Read More
Barbie has made headlines that lately; as we continue to push toy companies towards a doll that includes more diverse body types, ethnicities, careers, and lifestyles, some groundbreaking artists have reworked and re-appropriated the toy to challenge expectations and sexist assumptions. My personal favorite of these artists, Margaux Lange, shared a recent Barbie tidbit with her social media network this morning: the doll is going to be featured in the ... Read More
Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is ... Read More
As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it ... Read More
From Scary Movie onwards, Anna Faris has brilliantly subverted female lead movie tropes. In the 2011 The New Yorker piece “Funny Like A Guy,” she express her desire to verge from the Type A, likable and romantic roles offered to so many Hollywood starlets. She craves grit and authenticity: “I’d like to explore Type D, the sloppy ones,” she said.
So it makes sense that Faris’s relationship with Barbie, an ... Read More