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Finally!  In a commercial that’s currently got more than one million views on YouTube, a special edition Moschino Barbie ad features a young boy playing with the “fierce!” doll.   Fashion designer Jeremy Scott came up with the design for the ad, and the young fauxhawked boy in the commercial was based on him. Scott told CBS in an email statement, “When I dreamed up the concept for the Moschino Barbie fauxmercial, I felt it was natural to have a little boy representing for all the little boys like myself who played with Barbies growing up. Read More
  In July, the Bratz doll collection was relaunched after a two-year hiatus. The little coverage that the relaunch received was mostly positive. But while popular, the heavily made-up and big-eyed franchise has received a ton of criticism for the characters' hypersexualized make-up and clothes, grossly disproportionate figures, and overall mockery of what it is to be a girl. Read More
Normally, praising Barbie is not a thing I do. With a severely disproportioned body design, too much makeup and an impractical number of high heels, Mattel's leading lady is usually shamed for teaching unrealistic body ideals to young girls. But Barbie's new YouTube commercial is asking us to "Imagine The Possibilities" that can come from girls playing with the (in)famous dolls. Read More
  Anastasia Reskoss (20) and Quinton Dehar (23) are a French couple making headlines for the dolla-dolla-bills they’ve been dropping trying to morph into the human forms of Barbie and Ken. Theirs is a classic story of boy meets girl: eyes met from across deck at a yacht party and they knew in that moment they had found the person with whom they would get extensive plastic surgery and live happily ever after… It kinda makes me wish I had someone to never grow old with!  The two seem to be suffering from the trendy virus known as Barbie Flu. Read More
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: 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
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
  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
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