BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 15, 2013
Photoshop is often used to exaggerate and warp women's bodies into looking unnatural and adhering to impossibly high standards of beauty. Artist Nickolay Lamm and collaborating artist Nikolett Mérész decided to use photoshop to do good instead. After seeing the viral photo of Barbie without makeup by Eddi Aguirre, Lamm wanted to create more realistic versions of the more popular dolls. He deemed the Aguirre version too excessive, stating that it "completely exaggerates. Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Dec 12, 2012
I don’t know about you, but I grew up positively drowning in Barbies. As I got older, I began to notice that all mine looked the same. (Go figure!) I read articles explaining just how unrealistic Barbie’s proportions are, and had to come to terms with the fact that I would never have perpetually pointed toes, hair that changes color in the pool, or perfectly symmetrical lady parts. We all know the dangers of comparing ourselves to a small, plastic doll—yet Barbie remains a beloved, if problematic, icon. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Aug 13, 2012
Remember when BUST covered the “Fallen Princesses” photo collection? Well, Dina Goldstein, the mastermind behind the depictions of modern day princesses, has just broken into the Barbie Dreamhouse –and is taking no prisoners.
Don’t let the pink walls fool you: there is nothing pretty about the union between Barbie and Ken, especially when loverboy has a penchant for slipping on 6-inch stilettos while dreaming of a rendezvous with a muscular military man.
“I think Barbie is an idealised woman,” Goldstein told The Times of India. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 06, 2012
Nothing cements BFF-dom like a friendship bracelet. If you went to camp when you were younger, you probably became quite the expert at making all of those braided string and lanyard-type bracelets, too. I know that in my camp days, girls wore bracelets up to their elbows to show off all off their BFFs. Don't mess with a girl with a lot of friendship bracelets, 'cause she has a lot of friends who can mess you up.
According to Jess Katz, they're not just for pre-teens at summer camp anymore. She’s injected the friendship bracelet with a bit of sass in her namesake Etsy shop. Read More
BY Intern Christina
on May 24, 2012
Anderson Cooper did not light any children's dolls on fire, but he did kick a Barbie off his show. A real life Barbie.
On Tuesday, Sarah Burge, dubbed the "real life Barbie" because of her extensive plastic surgeries, chatted with Cooper on his show. Cooper, known to most to be a pretty nice guy, and even known to break down from time to time in a fit of adorably contagious giggles, became visibly angry when the two began to discuss Burge's daughters. Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on May 23, 2012
If, in 1996, I had possessed a crystal ball and chosen to look forward to 2012, six year old me would’ve been pumped. Cause for celebration? The fact that fashion has turned into a living, breathing Toys R Us store.
This picture of Lady Gaga has been making the Internet rounds, and her My Little Pony-inspired tresses are doing all the right things for me. She’s giving us Child of the Nineties realness, and she’s not the only one lately. Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Mar 02, 2012
Daena Title, Dirty Fighter, 2010. Oil on canvas, 48” x 48”.
Barbie has inspired art from the likes of Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld, both of whom are lauded for their doll-themed works on the Barbie website. Painter Daena Title probably won’t be added to that list anytime soon. In her latest series, “Drown the Dolls,” Barbie is murdered at the hands of anonymous prepubescent girls.
Title spent three years painting Barbie dolls submerged in bright, prismatic swimming pools, but the toy isn’t going for a swim. Read More
BY Ariana Anderson
on Jun 13, 2011
Greenpeace UK recently launched a new campaign against toy companies’ (excessive and unnecessary) packaging which use resources that are destroying Indonesian rainforests, and thereby endangering orangutans, elephants, and tigers. Their target is Mattel, if only because of the advertising they’ve created with the trademark Barbie image, but Disney, Hasbro, Lego and more are also to blame. Read More
BY Intern Julie
on Mar 08, 2011
Check out Mattel's Collector Barbie celebrating Hitchcock's classic horoor tale, The Birds. Keep her on your bedside table for sweet dreams, lovebirds.
You can purchase Hitchcock Barbie and her three feathered frenemies here.
via Lost at E-Minor blog. Read More
BY Claire Hamilton
on Feb 08, 2010
She's been an astronaut, a doctor and a rock star - now Barbie's diverse resume is about to get it's latest update.
On Friday February 12th, Mattel will announce which job the doll's young fans have decided she will do next. Luckily, the little girls (and boys) aren't being given free reign to decide how she'll spend her 9-5. They're being asked to vote online from a list.
The list is pretty impressive - she might be a computer engineer, environmentalist, surgeon, news anchor or an architect. Amazing to imagine the accessories which might go along with each of these roles. Read More