I wanted to do something fun for my first post for Black History Month. I know that normally it’s all about honoring the past, but you know. Let’s have a little fun, before we get too serious. One thing about the modern times, there are more and more options for young people to buy toys. And for collectibles for us older “kids” too!
I manage to snag myself one of these, and I love it. It’s on my bookshelf now, I thought that was appropriate placing. It’s Maya Angelou Barbie Inspiring Women Doll.
“Colored Francie“ made her debut in 1967, and she is sometimes described as the first African American Barbie doll.
Of course with Black Panther played by the beautiful Chadwick Boseman, there are a lot more options for “boys” as well. Although personally, I have no problem with what “gender” toys, and who plays with what “gender” toys. If I was younger, I would have LOVED a Black Panther toy. Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman are equally as beautiful.
And don’t think for a second that African American people get out of those “real life looking” creepy baby dolls.
I know that plastic isn’t the “in” thing…But at least they look cute, and not “alive” like Chucky.
So of course you have Barbie, Mattel, Bratz…I can’t think of other doll companies, lol.
Don’t forget about Etsy! They have such a range!
I know 2000, was a few years ago…But you know, she’s beautiful!
I have a bit of theme today you might notice. I used to play with Barbies all the time when I was little. I still have a Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Beast barbie dolls. I had a few Barbies, one Ken and an Aladdin barbie doll. I used to love playing with them, not because I wanted to look like them. I wanted the lifestyle that I was playing with them. My Barbies were global rockstars…What where yours?
I hadn’t actually read the whole of the article, but the first half is about a dream house, that is very Barbie Dream House like. The rest of the article is about Miss Valeria Lukyanova. If you are unsure of who she is, she is a young lady who has spent a few…quiet a few…thousand dollars on herself, to make herself look like a Barbie doll.
I have been seeing Barbie copping a lot of flack and I feel like somebody needs to speaks up for her because I find it frustrating. I used to play with Barbie when I was little and I think I turned out, reasonably, alright =P Barbie should be a role model for the imagination which is exactly what I used her for.
She’s a doll, and although I am not a parent and understand I may cop flack for saying “parenting things”. Maybe your biggest fear shouldn’t be a doll. Maybe your biggest fear is thinking that a doll, repeat doll, should be the one teaching your children about their self esteem in the first place? I never once thought that I should look like Barbie, I wanted all her careers, I used my Barbie’s and created many different worlds with them. I use to host a radio show with my Barbies, had them be rock and roll stars, psychic, mummies and daddies. I even learnt about disabilities because my Ken lost his legs. Barbie has had many different careers and many different versions, she (and Ken) how to imagine.
Even with her television show, she’s not a “mean girl”, she’s all about friendships, how to work hard and how to be kind to others? So I am not really sure why suddenly we are putting Barbie in a category she doesn’t belong in?
I think as adults we put too much of our own fears into children and that’s when the problem happens. We do not give children enough credit, they will notice that you “fear” Barbie. Technically shouldn’t you fear ALL dolls then and the self esteem issues that they will give your children?
Stop letting other “things” teach your children, because they learn from us. It never once crossed my mind once to want to look like her? I’m going to be blunt here and maybe some wont like it. If your child has self esteem issues because of a doll, repeat doll, maybe it’s not the dolls fault? Maybe it’s the adults in her life? Maybe we should start taking responsibility again for raising our children?
Most importantly Barbie taught me how to play, by myself and with others.
You may notice that I have a theme today, but it’s that time of year and I get all silly and nostalgic, but these dolls are just stunning! The hours it must take to create these … I think that 2016 is going to be the year that I get back into my creative side again … I definitely have gotten my confidence back, it’s time to do something with that. If you have a “thing” against Barbie, what about these ones?