Style icon Iris Apfel is now a Barbie doll

It’s life in plastic for Iris Apfel. Mattel has modeled a Barbie after New York’s 96-year-old fashion icon, who’s famed for her idiosyncratic look. Before you clear space in your Barbie dream house for her, you should know that doll Apfel, like her human counterpart, is a one-of-a-kind model and not available for sale. “Her…
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Barbie “sheroes” are the perfect tribute to International Women’s Day

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Michelle Stein

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Ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie has honored 14 historical and modern-day role models — including gold medalist Chloe Kim, director Patty Jenkins and conservationist Bindi Irwin —  as part of its “Sheroes” program. And they are seriously awesome.

Each one-of-a-kind doll was made in the likeness of the woman being honored, as Barbie announced on Tuesday. This year, they are:

  • Patty Jenkins (filmmaker, USA,)
  • Chloe Kim (snowboarding champion, USA)
  • Bindi Irwin (conservationist, Australia)
  • Nicola Adams (boxing champion, UK)
  • Çağla Kubat (windsurfer, Turkey)
  • Hélène Darroze (world-renowned chef, France)
  • Hui Ruoqi (volleyball champion, China)
  • Leyla Piedayesh (designer and entrepreneur, Germany)
  • Lorena Ochoa (professional golfer, Mexico)
  • Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist, Poland)
  • Sara Gama, (soccer player, Italy)
  • Xiaotong Guan (actress and philanthropist, China)
  • Yuan Tan (prima ballerina, China)
  • Vicky Martin Berrocal (entrepreneur and fashion designer, Spain).

Unfortunately, these amazing dolls aren’t for sale — because the real, live women get to keep their one-of-a-kind, look–alike Barbie. (Womp, womp.) However, for Barbie enthusiasts who want to get their hands on other dolls inspired by other kick-@$ $ women, there is a bit a good news. Mattel has also announced its new Inspiring Women line featuring historical dolls that come with educational info about the important contributions each woman has made to society.

The first three dolls in the series, according to a news release, are: Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager, Barbie, said in the news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Now this is the kind of Barbie I can get behind.

What do you think of these new Barbie dolls What other Inspiring Women dolls would you like to see? What other

Images via Mattel

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Barbie A Fairy Secret Fashion Fairy Friend Brunette Doll Based on the new Barbie animated movie, Barbie: A Fairy Secret. Girls will love reenacting scenes from the movie!. Includes purse fairy. Fairy skirts transform into beautiful fairy wings . 3 years and up
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Happy Birthday, Barbie!

On March 9, Barbie turns 56, and while the brand has come under a lot of criticism over the years, this is a wonderful time to take a step back and really celebrate her many positive contribution to the lives of girls everywhere. As we always say, for the billions of Barbie dolls sold — one every three seconds somewhere in the world, according to Mattel — everyone is unique because every girl (or boy) brings Barbie to life in her own way.

Barbie has always been the catalyst for imagining possibility and for girls to imagine themselves as teenagers and grown ups, empowered by their imaginations and dreams. She may have started as a teenage fashion model, but she’s kept pace with the times, and sometimes led them. In 1985, when the now-classic commercial called “We Girls Can Do Anything. Right, Barbie?” aired, Barbie really embraced her totemic power and was quite literally became the object onto which millions, if not billions, of hopes and dreams were projected. And it wasn’t just girls. Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes was inspired by Barbie to follow his career path and ultimately designed costumes for a Barbie stage show. We hear so many wonderful stories about Barbie and her positive role in girls’ lives. Most of them are not dramatic but are rather cherished memories of playing with friends or alone and allowing imaginations to take flight.

So, it always breaks my heart when I hear Barbie criticized by adults for her proportions or body image or what she purportedly “represents.” It always makes me laugh, too, because the people who do this are unwittingly continuing to project onto Barbie, just like kids do. Only this time, it’s their own unresolved adult issues. Trust me, after decades working in the toy business and with kids, I can assure you that an inert lump of polyvinyl chloride (mostly) is incapable of teaching or modeling anything. If Barbie “does” anything, it’s because someone’s imagination has made her do it as a reflection of themselves at a given time. In other words, no one learns anything from a doll; they learn it from the culture and act it out with the doll. Children repeat in their play what they learn from parents, peers and the media, so if you don’t like what they’re projecting on a toy, it’s time to examine what’s being modeled and what’s being reinforced and internalized as a “truth.”

And criticizing Barbie is its own kind of sexism. It assumes that girls and women are neither smart enough nor sophisticated enough to embrace and overcome issues and are victims of an 11-and-three-quarter-inch doll. Ridiculous. After all, when were any negative perceptions of men ever blamed on the action figures they played with? Really. And one final thing, just to put Barbie in perspective, please think of her from a 4-year-old’s perspective. Barbie is shaped the way she is because when you’re 4 and don’t yet have fully developed fine motor skills, Barbie’s clothes are a tube that can be slid onto the hunk of plastic, and there’s a little ledge you can rest the dress on while you snap it in the back. If that’s not reductio ad absurdum, I don’t know what is, but it nonetheless is true. And Barbie is supposed to be pretty. Kids like pretty. Kids just don’t fantasize about being sick or ugly or “real” from an adult perspective, and any doll that has tried to reflect that has failed. Sometimes when I play with kids, I realize that they have a much greater capacity for abstract thought (imagination) than adults. They don’t want or need a doll that looks exactly like them; they want a doll that resonates with their hearts.

So, on Barbie’s birthday, how about thinking about all the positive contributions Barbie has made? For nearly three generations, she has been an anchor for positive social development, a catalyst for exploring the possible, for locating oneself in a culture and giving expression to a developing personality. Look at all the Barbie’s that Mattel has produced. Have you ever seen one from Prom Queen to Paleontologist that doesn’t have some kind of empowering message? No.

While Barbie, and the image of Barbie, may become fixed for each person as they pass into different life stages, she is brand new for each little girl. I was actually a little skeptical about the newest line Barbie in Princess Power at first. Why, I wondered, did Barbie need to become a superhero? And then I observed little girls of the right age interact with her. What became immediately obvious was that there had never been a superhero for preschool girls. (Most female superheroes have really been created as male fantasies previously, anyway.) Superhero play is so empowering for all kids, and here was a superhero with direct relevance with issues related to social interaction and conflict resolution at their level of understanding and experience. It’s a long way from the teenager from Willows, Wisconsin, but it’s also a wonderful reflection of how much culture and childhood has evolved in 56 years.

Shakespeare was talking about Cleopatra when he wrote “age cannot wither, nor custom stale, her infinite variety,” but he could have been talking about Barbie. Barbie is — and will always be because she can’t be anything else — unfixed in a role or image for everyone and every time. Her life, her “reality” and her magic, rest in the hearts and imaginations of every individual who plays with her. And that’s something worth celebrating.
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John Oliver Blasts UK’s Labour Party For Targeting Women Voters With ‘Barbie Bus’

Pet the pretty princess pony!

With a U.K. election in May, political parties are battling over female voters. The Conservative Party has been accused of generally ignoring women voters, giving the Labour Party an opportunity to gain their support, which they should be able to do easily, as long as they don’t decide to campaign for women voters with a patronizing pink bus. They did? Oh …

On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver took the Labour Party to task for the embarrassing political maneuver, and the equally embarrassing attempts to cover up the political fallout that ensued.

“It is a little insulting that you’re trying to appeal to women adult voters the same way that Mattel attempts to appeal to 8-year-olds,” said Oliver. “And at least Barbie’s pink bus had the good sense to unfold into a sweet hot tub and party den combo.”

Oliver offered the Labour Party a commercial of his own that he believes will fix the political damage done by what’s being called the “Barbie bus.”

Why, yes, it does involve a pretty princess pony!

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” airs Sunday at 11:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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Barbie B-Mini Tablet

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The Barbie B-Mini Tablet lets kids learn and have fun with the popular fashion doll. It is lightweight and durable, so kids can take it all over the house, on rides in the car and elsewhere. There are 30 different interactive games on the Barbie mini tablet that teach vocabulary words, memory skills, mathematics and more. The alphanumeric keyboard helps kids develop crucial typing skills, while the large touch screen will improve hand-eye coordination. Activities such as Animal Corner keep kids entertained while they learn. Buttons for repeating instructions, adjusting screen contrast, demonstrating features and a help button make this item easy and fun for young ones to use. This Barbie tablet is recommended for ages 3 years and up

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