I was curious as to exactly how Barbie’s face has changed across the 56-year span she’s been around.

Personally, I think the molds they used from 1987-1995 are the cutest, but then I was still a little girl playing with Barbies at that time, so I may be a bit biased.

dermatologists hate her

the 1979 though

Okay, not usually something I would reblog, but 1959 barbie is having exactly none of your shit and I’m kinda here for that.

Also, just so you know, your boyfriend hit on 1966 Barbie.  His body is buried in the swamp.

Yeah and im pretty sure 1980 barbie is actually possesed with a demon.

It was the 80′s darling, we all had demons.

Forget that, I want the 1983 Frankenstein Barbie!

Oh my god!  I didn’t even see that.

1967 barbie woke up 

1967 totally looks self aware.  Like she’s just discovered that she’s actually a doll.

Every time this post rolls by on my dash the commentary just gets better and better. I love it. 

When I was in middle school, I did a social Studies project on the history of Barbie and the social impact she had on girls and women. I read a book called Forever Barbie, and I realize looking back that it was probably a little too over a 12-year-old’s head, but I remember it being one of the most interesting books I read for research. It talked about Barbie’s origin as being inspired by a lewd joke doll manufactured in Germany (I think) whose sole purpose was for drunk men to lift up her skirt and peek at her plastic parts. It talked about how the development for Ken was stymied because they couldn’t give him a package, but had to put something there so his clothes would lay right – leading to his painted on BVDs…and a slew of phallic props, including a baseball bat, a fishing pole, and his first car – a Hot Rod, naturally. 

It also talked about how the shift from side-eye Barbie to looking-at-you Barbie was significant. Averted eye contact meant she was passive: conceived as a fashion doll, she was mostly supposed to be a prop. If you notice the shift of her gaze from the side to straight-on comes in the 1970s, which given the political and social climate of women’s rights at the time, is no mere coincidence. Sure there was still a fixation on fashion and the unrealistic proportions endured, but then Barbie also went to space and became president, so there’s that, too. 

I also notice she didn’t really start smiling untli 1976 and for the most part they haven’t gone back.  I’m not sure what it means, but it’s interesting.

i just want to know what happened in her life from 1976 to make her so damn happy

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