Barbie first appeared in my life back in the 60’s. From researching her life she was born March 9, 1959. That means that she would be almost 60 years old. Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company’s largest and most profitable line. Her entourage included her sisters Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, along with Ken, Bridget, Midge, Todd, Tutti, and a few others.
Criticisms of Barbie are often centered around concerns that children consider Barbie a role model. One of the most common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image leading to a risk that girls who attempt to emulate her looks. Barbie’s vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). I don’t EVER remember wanting to look like her!
I do have to admit that I saved all my original Barbie dolls. My mother would sew clothes for them on her Singer 221 Feather Weight sewing machine which is even older than Barbie! My hope was that I would one day give them to my own daughter to play with. But when she received a new Barbie as a gift for her 4th birthday, and I caught her pulling the head and limbs off of the doll, I decided to pack them away. I quickly changed my mind!!
How many of you enjoyed playing with Barbie, too?