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There’s a buzz in the media that’s building up to a climax in less than two weeks. There are Web sites and blogs, contests and trivia quizzes and even a designer fashion event in honor of the occasion: Barbie’s 50th birthday. Yes, Barbie the doll is turning 50. She was born March 9, 1959.
I went to a Barbie Web site to find out more about the old girl, and discovered an alarming slogan on the home page: “It’s Barbie’s World. We just play in it.”
Really? I didn’t know. I didn’t think I lived in Barbie’s world. It’s a world of perfection as defined by the Mattel marketing team. Her hair, body, complexion and wardrobe are flawless. Even her pony, RV and household accessories are extraordinary.
Here’s the honest truth: I never owned a Barbie doll. In fact none of my close friends growing up did either. I remember my parents taking me along to visit some friends who had a daughter a little older than me and that was the first time I met Barbie. The girl was changing Barbie’s outfits every few minutes.
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