Today in 1959 the Barbie doll made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York, and she’s been going strong ever since.
Some say she’s good, some have major issues but she should at least be recognised (especially so close to International Women's Day) for her staying power!
OK so she’s (often considered) too skinny - even with her wider waist in later years - but Barbie, in many ways, demonstrates some great example of ‘Girl Power’. The same people who highlight that she is a bad role model for young girls with regards to her weight, should also recognise that she sets a great example in other ways.
Here are seven reasons why?
1. She’s a go-getter… is there a job (male dominated included) that she hasn’t tried out?
2. Independent… after all she’s not conformed to marriage and leaves Ken in her shadow
3. Has re-invented herself to keep-up with the times
4. She’s resilient and bounces back from disaster (fairly often!)
5. Appears to be a great friend to humans and animals
6. Embraces different cultures
7. Makes films that have a positive message
On a personal note, I’d quite like to have her influence, resources, an extensive wardrobe and designers providing me with outfits for a 50th birthday catwalk show.
In a week where the question has been raised as to whether us girls are too hard on each other, I say ‘Go Barbie’!