Hipster Barbie is more authentic, gritty, down to earth, and "real," than you and me both, and you can follow her #inspirational photo thread @socalitybarbie. She spends her weekends among rocks and rivers and the tall, tall trees that emblematize the Pacific Northwest...aka the mecca of "authenticity." She poses with artfully messy hair, she effortlessly clutches frothy cappuccinos and lattes in white mugs, undoubtedly in the midst of topping her steel-cut oats with raw coconut sugar and matcha-infused almond milk. Read More
Barbie has been wearing heels for 56 years straight. Her feet have got to hurt. Good news for her: Those tiny feet are finally getting a break thanks to a new design that will allow her to wear ballet flats for the first time ever.
As Adrienne Appell, toy trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association, explained to ABC News, "The regular feet on the Barbie—she could wear flats, but they wouldn’t lie flat. Now, she has an adjustable ankle that allows her to wear flats. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Apr 08, 2015
BY: Lisa Hix (Collectors Weekly)
We got cable TV in 1983, the same year I discovered what I called “rock” music, thanks to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Since the “Thriller” video gave me nightmares, I wasn’t supposed to watch MTV, the all music-video channel that launched in 1981, but I did. Pretty much every kid I knew had it on in the background all the time. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 20, 2015
5 Feminist News Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
Happy Friday, BUSTies! Are you as exhausted from the week as we are? Too busy being a boss lady to keep track of what to read? No need to fret—here are five news items to catch up on while you relax this weekend.
#WeAreBlackHistory. In this photo project celebrating Black History Month, women from contemporary media pay homage to important black women, posing as some of our favorite cultural icons.
Oregon installed our country’s first openly bisexual governor, Kate Brown. Yay Oregon! We should all be more like Oregon. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 19, 2015
Barbie is now accessorizing with a cute clutch, small computer, stilettos...and Wifi hardware?
Matel has created a new Barbie that can intelligently respond to its owner’s voice. Think Siri from your iPhone, but packed into a disproportionate doll wielded by small children with formative brains. It works by processing the child's voice and sending it through the internet to create a response. Then, at the end of the day the guardian of the child can (optionally) receive an e-mail with the day's conversational highlights. Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Jan 28, 2015
In promising news for young girls and feminists (and, let's be honest, pretty much everybody else), major toy company Mattel ousted its chief executive officer this week, partly because its Barbie products just aren’t cutting it anymore.
For a doll that was inspired by a German sex toy, we’re not sure why it took over 50 years for society to realize Barbie sends children negative messages (i.e. directly encouraging them to aspire to the impossible standards of one man’s pinup-era fantasy. Read More
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 self-identity... as well as preserve African culture. 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 class but needs Steven and Brian to turn it into a real game. Yeah, you read that right. 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 imagination desires (maybe even all of the above). 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 Betsey Johnson, Heatherette and Anna Sui. After giving birth to her daughter, Lily, she left the city and moved back home to Chicago. Read More