FBI Warns New Barbie Could Film Child Porn

The FBI is warning that Mattel's new Video Girl Barbie is a "possible child pornography production method." Might they be overreacting just a little? » 12/03/10 12:16pm 12/03/10 12:16pm

Ken Gets An Online Reality Series

In Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend, which will air on Hulu, eight dudes will compete to prove that they possess Ken's qualities in order to be "the ultimate boyfriend for every occasion." So: Smooth crotches, yes? » 10/29/10 5:23pm 10/29/10 5:23pm

Barbie Calendar Ruins Your Childhood Memories (Mild, Doll-Related NSFW)

Two Argentine advertising students designed this Pirelli-esque Barbie calendar. Their intended market? 8-year-old boys. We're not sure if unclothed Barbies count as NSFW, but those who don't work in doll hospitals can see the calendar in its full-sized glory below. » 7/30/10 4:00pm 7/30/10 4:00pm

C'mon Barbie, Let's Go Party

Barbie is going to flip when she sees her new potential paramour, Darren. With a little help from Jay-Z (who supplied the Rocawear duds), Mattel created this cute and well-dressed rival for Ken. [Nylon] » 3/12/10 11:40am 3/12/10 11:40am

Well, It's Supposed To Inspire Girls: Barbie's Clothing Bill

The Christian Louboutin Barbie has already sold out on Net-a-Porter, despite a $150 price tag. But when you consider the real-life price of Barbie's new wardrobe? That starts to look really reasonable! Read on for the breakdown: » 3/03/10 6:30pm 3/03/10 6:30pm

...And In Presidents Without Last Names

The White House Project, "a national organization that hopes to one day see a woman president," is apparent;y settling for an official President Barbie. Marie Wilson, the organization's founder, says that "girls are interested in passion and purpose." [Boston.com] » 3/01/10 5:30pm 3/01/10 5:30pm

Barbie Box Reveals Girls Think About Fashion, Boys Think About Science

In the Barbie & The Three Musketeers movie Barbie laments, "No girl has ever been a Musketeer before!" Maybe that's because Barbie thinks, "This riding outfit is the cutest!" while Ken says, "I want to be an inventor!" [Sociological Images] » 2/12/10 6:20pm 2/12/10 6:20pm

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

In case you haven't heard, Mattel.com is asking the public to choose Barbie's next career. Given that she's already abandoned 124, we're guessing "unemployment" might be the most logical option. Or, as we're writing in, "taking some time off." [BrandFreak] » 2/10/10 6:30pm 2/10/10 6:30pm

Black Barbies: A Question Of Representation

Mattel and Stacey Irby-McBride debuted the So In Style line of black dolls to record levels of praise - and criticism. "Three dolls can't represent the whole African-American community," McBride says, not realizing her statement is the root of the issue. » 12/03/09 5:00pm 12/03/09 5:00pm

Dear Mattel: This Is How How You Make Barbie More Diverse

Feministing points us toward doll-maker Loanne Hizo Ostlie, who has been creating modified Barbies for over a decade. Over at her site, Tabloach Productions, her modifications of Barbie (and long neglected Skipper) are amazingly detailed... and stunningly diverse. » 10/26/09 6:30pm 10/26/09 6:30pm

New Black Barbies, Same Old Controversy

The mainstream media has finally caught on to what the black blogosphere buzzed about two weeks ago: The premiere of the So In Style (or S.I.S.) line of Black Barbies. But are the dolls going to be an adequate representation? » 10/22/09 2:40pm 10/22/09 2:40pm

A Doll's House

I thought we'd seen it all, Barbie-art-wise. And having seen this, I wish we had. And yeah, NSFW, to the extent that you probably wouldn't want your boss to walk by while you were looking at, say, number three. [BuzzFeed] » 10/14/09 10:20am 10/14/09 10:20am

Valley Of The Dolls

To promote her graphic novel Dolltopia, about runaway dolls who reject the domestic roles thrust upon them by humans, Abby Denson is holding a contest for the best made-over Barbie at her book signings this month. [N.Y. Daily News] » 10/02/09 11:40am 10/02/09 11:40am

Silly: Don't You Know Barbie Can Have It All?

The Daily News asks: "Barbie doll: children's toy or valuable collector item for adults?" That's all in a day's work for the original multitasker! [NYDN] » 8/27/09 7:40pm 8/27/09 7:40pm

"Miss Plastic Hungary" Takes Pageants To The Next (?) Level

The new mini-trend in more naturalistic beauty pageants is being bucked by "Miss Plastic Hungary" - in which only the surgically enhanced need apply. » 7/22/09 2:20pm 7/22/09 2:20pm

50 Years Of Barbie Couture

Barbie's a well-preserved 50 years old in '09, and a raft of big-namers are dolling her in custom couture for the big day. Here's a look at the other designer threads she's sported.... » 1/13/09 5:20pm 1/13/09 5:20pm