Being one of the most controversial dolls in history, Barbie has broken barriers for women all over the world. Many parents don’t understand the benefits that Barbie provides for young girls. They only look to the negative side of her. Confidence is one of the biggest pros for Barbie. Young girls want to express themselves through fashion and makeup and Barbie is the biggest idol for that specific thing.
So, she drew up a design for one, and she named her Barbie, after her daughter, Barbara (“The Creation of Barbie”). Then, in 1959, Mattel, a huge and very popular toy company, picked up the idea (“The Creation of Barbie”). Barbie made her first appearance in New York, at the annual toy fair (“The Creation of Barbie”). That year, 351,000 Barbie dolls were sold, which was a sales record in America (“The Creation of Barbie”). Today, Barbie continues to be the most popular doll in the world, with two sold every minute (“The Creation of Barbie”).
By adopting these attributes and trends of what is popular at the time, Barbie stayed relevant in popular culture, as every girl HAD to have the coolest most up to date barbie they had. Everyone needed the new dream house, the car and the plane. Barbie has and always will be changing as new accessories are always being released, depending on what is popular in culture. “Barbie allows children to explore identity without stipulating rules for identity-formation thereby encouraging them to “play” with their senses of self in an empowering way” (Wright
Dolls have remained an important role in the childhood of many young girls. Whether the dolls are being played or cared for, they have come to play a major role in influencing the minds of their youngest admirers. One doll that has captured the interest of millions worldwide is Mattel’s Barbie doll. Standing at no more than a foot tall, the Barbie doll has become one of the most iconic images of women. For decades, the doll has sold right off store shelves with its ability to provide a positive role model for young girls and stimulate the imaginations of both the young and old.
Doll versions of Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lopez and actresses linked to a blockbuster movie are often easy to find in a store. There are exceptions; recently Mattel released doll versions of more women known for their groundbreaking accomplishments including ballerina Misty Copeland and film director Ava
This was the start of a new revolution, as far as dolls were concerned because for the first time, dolls did not only consist of paper and cardboard dolls, but also a more realistic, three dimensional doll that resembles what girls would want to be like, and can physically hold. But, like many toys, Barbie’s fame was not without its challenges. The design of the toy is meant to resemble a woman’s body in the prime of her teenage years. Barbie is tall and slender with a small waist and a full chest with blonde hair and blue eyes. When Barbie first launched, it was priced at about $3.00 (presently goes for about $15 - $40) it became an instant hit.
Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.” From the start Ruth Handler, the co-owner of the Mattel creations and creator of the Barbie doll, created Barbie for the purpose of inspiration to young girls. Handler saw that her young daughter, Barbara, enjoyed playing with adult female doll... ... middle of paper ... ...to their future. Works Cited "Eating Disorders." Doctors, Patient Care, Health Education, Medical Research. N.p., n.d.
Children need to have good role models to look up to. A good role model includes being ambitious and doing good deeds. Most little girls look up to the doll named Barbie. The doll has played a very important roll in many childhoods. She was introduced in the 50’s and manufactured by Mattel.
She is in toy stores around the world, and has been on the market for 54 years and is still going strong. The Barbie industry has adapted well to advancements in technology and social justice. Barbie now has many movies in a variety of topics ranging from traditional Christmas stories, to ‘Barbie originals.’ Barbie has also recently developed a web based TV show called “Barbie: Life in the Dream house,” this shows Barbie’s ability to adapt and thrive in a new environment. When Barbie first began, the only doll on the market was a blonde, all-American doll. However Barbie quickly adapted to the civil rights movement around it and started producing other ethnicities by 1967.
At the time, the market for young girls was focused on baby dolls, but Barbra and her friends preferred to play with a grown-up version, dressing them up in outfits and pretending they were the grown up women they were playing with. Ruth then thought to create a 3- dimensional fashion doll that she would name Barbie after her daughter, Barbra. When presenting the idea to executives at Mattel, she was shot down, being told that they were too expensive to make for the amount of detail Ruth ... ... middle of paper ... ...et at 110 lbs with a book entitled "How to Lose Weight" with directions inside stating simply "Don't eat." Many have said that these dolls are what encourage young women to go to drastic measures to reach the body figure that seems to be valued in our society. However, Barbies are not to blame.