Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Personal (Black?) History: A L♥ve - Hate Relationship with Barbie

Barbie introduced me to fashion through play, but that body was a reinforcement of fascist body standards. The same kind of standards that led someone to believe he could comment on the First Lady's svelte frame as, somehow, deviant.

When I tried to cornrow my Black Barbie's hair it would just unravel, even if I packed it with Blue Magic Hair Grease (risking the wrath of my Mum).  But the clothes are what I loved the most.  If the Barbie Dolls of my generation had Afros like the ones I see now, maybe my collection of dolls wouldn't have ended up bald.

Blazer: American Eagle | Shirt: The Limited | T-Shirt: A Gift from the Mister | Skirt: Gap | Tights: Torrid 
Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Handbag: Kenneth Cole

But even so, Black Barbie is not all she's cracked up to be:


  1. I thought I was the only one who knew about black barbie! I am so glad to find another person who knows what the hell I am talking about. Even though I am not fully african american people just toss me into that black barbie stereotype and call it a day...I am glad I am not the only person who has to deal with society's unruly view of women and women of color alone.

    1. Hi Gabriella,
      I'm so glad that you were able to relate to this post! You're never alone. There is always someone somewhere going through what you are...


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