I (like the rest of the world) went a little ape this weekend with the release of the new Barbies. And why shouldn’t we? This is big news! It’s so cool that one day my future daughter can play with Barbies that looks just like her and her friends.
I have been a “Barbie Girl” since I was old enough to know what that was. I dressed like her for Halloween on more than one occasion. “Barbie Girl” was my ringtone in middle school. I had more outfits and plastic tubs of Barbies than I knew what to do with.
Then God blessed me with a sister who, unbelievably, loved playing with Barbies even more than I did. I got to extend my Barbie playing years well into late elementary school days with her.
I wanted to be Barbie. She could have any job she wanted and looked amazing doing it. I think she is an incredible role model. Little girls can dream of being astronauts, CEOs, professors, and doctors. Now girls can dream of having any job they want AND play out these dreams with a doll that looks just like them.
I’m so excited about this change. Looking at Barbie’s website is just like looking at my best friends getting ready for brunch. I see people I know in every face….including me! There I am…blonde hair, blue eyes, hand on her hip, a little junk in the trunk and big calves. No thigh gap in site.
So, of course, I ordered her. I’m putting her right in my office to be a constant reminder of little girl Hel, who believed she could be Barbie. Because I too can achieve my dreams with or without a thigh gap.
Now if I could just get a “Dad Bod Ken.”
What do you think about the new Barbies?