And how she changed the world...
In 1959, Ruth Handler created the Barbie doll. Ruths inspiration for this soon to be famous doll came from her trip in Germany. Barbie was modeled after the German prostitute cartoon/doll, Bild Lilli.
Bild lilli started out as a cartoon in 1952 that was sassy, curvy and independant. She only dated rich men and spoke about sex liberally. She was mostly made to give as a joke to adults. Mothers refused to purchase these dolls for their children but eventually they broke down and bought it.
The dolls from the 1950s and back hade portrayed a young doll with no curves or provocative clothing.
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After she hit the market, Barbie became huge since no one in america had thought of or seen a fully developed, independant and sexy doll for children. At first, mothers were very reluctant to buy their little girls these ridiculous dolls, but soon enough, she started selling...
Ruth Handlers whole purpose of creating the Barbie doll was to give girls the freedom of choosing and practicing to be whoever they desired. Ruth implied that girls already dress up their baby dolls to be the person they want grow into so this gave them more of a visual option. There have been thoughts that the other reason she created these independant dolls was becasue Ruth's mother was ill most of her life and even though she lived with her loving sister and brother-in-law, she was still a very independant and hard working girl. She also stated that she wanted women to know that they have choices and rights just like everyone else.
After Barbie was in the market for a few years, girs got the idea that Barbie was perfect and they had to be just like her. The petite and tiny waist, sly and sexy eyes, full hips and buxom, and picture perfect hair. Some of the changes that young women made were for the better such as better hygein, more exercise and even more self respect and independance. On the other hand, in the later twentieth century, women and some men tried a little too hard to be barbie and ken.
In 1997, the barbie body mold changed to be more "realistic" or "normal"
Girls with not enough money would either try starving themselves or becoming bulimic. Plus tanning salons and bleached hair became more popular because girls tried to look like Malibu Barbie which was popular in the 80s and 90s even though is was produced in the 70s.
Valeria Lukyanova is an example of the impact Barbie can be on people. She is one of the many girls who decided to get massive plastic surgery to alter her body image. She is a bit more famous than the other Barbie 2.0'ers because she was previously a famous and successful Ukrainian model.
Barbie wasnt the only doll who had a great impact on a person. Justin Jedlica had 99 surgeries on his body and face. He has had muscle implants and massive facial alterations. Although people he think he is trying to be perfect, he clearly states that he is as far from perfect as anyone else in this world and he doesnt mind it.
So the conclusion...
Barbie was created for a different purpose than most of us think
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