Lookin’ good, sister

On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll was introduced, which makes the ol’ gal 52. I too was launched in 1959, later in the year, which makes us the same age.

Over the decades, Barbie’s clothing, hairstyles, accessories and cars have been updated with the times. The only thing about Barbie that hasn’t been updated is, well, Barbie. Granted, Barbie’s waist has been widened in more recent versions of the doll, but that’s about her only visible sign of middle age.

Barbie Turns 52

But for a modest abdominal spread, she’s still the same taut little thing she was 52 years ago. One might say she’s Mattel’s very own Dorian Gray.

If we’re the same age, where are her spider veins, bunions and silver roots? She’s obviously taken good care of herself, but she’s only human. Hasn’t she had kids? She might do more Jazzercise than the average doll, but still, where are the ripples around her c-section scar, or are they hidden under her little Barbie Spanx?

Isn’t it about time Mattel introduced Quinquagenarian Barbie, wearing tiny progressive lenses,  just to give today’s little girls a realistic image of life as it happens? With modern technology, I bet they could tint her face with a bright red glow that flashes on and off throughout the day. Battery-operated fan not included.


Filed under Beauty and Fashion, Health, Marketing/Advertising/PR

8 responses to “Lookin’ good, sister

  1. Deidra Darsa

    If only. sigh……………..

  2. Jo

    LOL over the Barbie Spanx!
    Yup, there needs to be a stretch-mark Barbie. What would be perfect — issuing a Barbie and Ken couple, watching the sunset from their two Cialis bathtubs.

  3. Sheree Moyer

    You make me smile from ear to ear my dear!

  4. Mom

    What a fantastic premise! And, might I add, you are more beautiful at 52 than Barbie ever was!
    P.S. I laughed myself silly.

  5. Polly

    They actually have “Cougar Barbie” http://www.break.com/usercontent/2009/2/Cougar-Barbie-50th-Anniversary-676945
    “Overweight Barbie” and a few other interesting ones… good for a laugh, but for mature audiences.

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