barbie turns 50
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feb 03, 2009

barbie turns 50

barbie’s body has come under criticism for offering girls unrealistic expectations of womanhood, and even for inspiring eating disorders and related pathologies. barbie performed an array of powerful careers, has a closet full of couture, a doting metrosexual boyfriend and very little pressure to marry and procreate. that’s why barbie looks pretty good, for a woman of a certain age. for the 50th anniversary of barbie, designboom presents a snapshot report with over 100 images of the making of barbie, from a designer’s point of view.

  • O this is cool!!

    Casey Chen says:
  • That ‘old’ Barbie crapped me out.

    modular says:
  • Old style Barbie spottet at the BRIO museum in Sweden.

    [url=] Spotted by… [/url]

    Rying says:
  • well, you might not believe guys, but i did my dissertation on barbie and i still can not believe this.

    renata 05.02.09 says:
  • kinds sacry but cool they should sell that to advertise people what would happen if you would smoke at a very young age

    whtvr world says:
  • I wonder if they’re coming out with a coming of age Ken doll as well?

    Lou says:
  • your font is too small !!!!!

    RYGAR says:
  • wow!!! Cool!!!

    Mariana says:
  • So cool!! I am a fanatic of Barbie…check out this site [url=]

    BarbieQ says:

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