Poor oul Barbie and Ken

Barbie has survived again and is getting a makeover

Poor oul Barbie and Ken

Donegal triumphed last week but more important so did Barbie. She received a massive makeover last week. Barbie will be 57 years of age on March 9th this year. And she is still looking fit and hasn’t aged at all.

She was a born a teenager. Her physical development is somewhat slow and she’s still a teenager. It took her all of fourteen years to change ‘the way she might look at you’!

Her bashful sideways looking eyes suddenly adjusted to a forward looking glance. She had her 50th anniversary in 2009 where events included a runway show in New York for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week.

Fifty well-known haute couturiers fashions contributed to the event including Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie, and Christian Louboutin. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. She has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken.

They split up for exactly two years from February 2004 to February 2006. He needed some cosmetic surgery to stop him from aging. Barbie was fed up with him and had a platonic relationship until 2011 when Barbie agreed to get engaged to Ken on Valentine’s Day that same year.

Barbie has had over 40 pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Corvette convertibles, trailers, and jeeps. She also holds a pilot's license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. She had a range of companions, including Hispanic Teresa, Midge, African American Christie, and Steven (Christie's boyfriend). Barbie had siblings and cousins including Skipper, Todd and Stacie (twin brother and sister), Kelly, Krissy, and Francie. Barbie was friendly with Blaine, an Australian surfer, during her split with Ken in 2004. Shocking! Ken wasn’t happy.

Wouldn’t it be great if our children were born teenagers? You could leave them home alone while you went to the pub. We would not have to go through the sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies. No teething problems and no Santa. There would be far less expense but we would miss out on the ‘children’s allowance’ though.

In the fantasy world of Barbie there was and still is plenty of controversy. Children looked/look at Barbie as a role model and tried to emulate her mostly in respect of body image risking anorexia.

In 1997 Barbie put on weight in order to address this problem. Before that though in 1967, she took on a black African appearance. This was her first attempt at being black and did the reverse of what Michael Jackson tried to achieve. She even changed her name to Christie. She wasn’t very successful though. Martin Luther King Junior was buoyant at this time. He was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He was assassinated in 1968.

Black Barbie came into being, probably white Barbie’s clone in 1980 but still had Caucasian features. When we were fighting it out with Derry in July 1992 white and black Barbies were learning to talk. They could say, "Will we ever have enough clothes?", "I love shopping!", and "Wanna have a pizza party?"

In September 2003, the Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia outlawed the sale of Barbie dolls, saying that she did not conform to the ideals of Islam. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stated "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West.”

Things were getting serious for Barbie. By 2009 she was adorned with tattoos and poor Barbie then had a pinhole video camera inserted into her chest. The FBI weren’t impressed.

So Barbie moved with the times but not without her problems. Are our youngsters supposed to imitate Barbie or is Barbie supposed to represent social and changing trends as they evolve? She certainly has been a successful product for her innovators. Children do want to be like her in image and her creators have tried to keep her trendy while at the same time adhere to modernism, social justice and equality. Her fantastical character is far from the real world as we know.

So where’s Ken? I’m not too sure. He’s probably in the closet waiting for his next metamorphosis. He started out as a person who had straight, non bendable arms and a head that could only turn left and right. He should have gone to a good physio!

He later attained a dimpled smile, a head that could swivel, bent arms, a more muscular physique, jewellery and underwear permanently moulded to his body. Poor Ken has had his fair share of alterations too. He must be a very confused man. He’s in his mid fifties now, has blonde hair, still engaged to Barbie and surfs a lot. He reminds me of some blokes that I know.

(Information supplied by Wikipedia).