What was your first Barbie doll?

April 24, 2019

I’ve written this before about my Fisher-Price toys, but I wish I had have kept my old favourite toys – my Barbies, my Cabbage Patch Kids and the legendary Fisher-Price record player, camera and garage.

You’ve probably seen that it’s Barbie’s 60th birthday this year, which has made me think of my first Barbie. I *think* it was Twirly Curls Barbie, because I remember never being to master the curls, and Barbie’s gorgeous blonde locks getting caught up in the twirling machine.

I had beautiful Barbie play hours, especially at a friend of mine who had the Barbie Dream House, and the convertible car. I’m hoping to relive my childhood and hope my daughter wants the house as my I do did.

Beyond the house and my Twirly Curls Barbie, I don’t remember much more, other than Great Shape Barbie (how awesome are the legwarmers?) and Crystal Barbie.

You probably don’t need me to tell you how Barbie has evolved over the years, whether in shape, colour or “theme”.

In 2015 for example, Barbie released “Imagine the Possibilities”, with the message that “You Can Be Anything”.

In 2016 Barbie unveiled the curvy, tall and petite body shapes with their Fashionista range of Barbies with different skin tones, ethnicities, hair textures, eye colours and face shapes.

They also have the “Sheroe” range to show more female role models, to inspire girls and help them realise they can embark on any career in the future – from robotics engineer, architect, vet, dentist, astronaut to paleontologist, video game developer, CEO and rapper.

Barbie has also collaborated with brands and designers Moschino, Matty Bovan, Nasir Mazhar, Roksanda Ilincic, Karl Lagerfeld, Comme Des Garçons, to create beautiful and inspiring dolls.

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