Why Is It So Hard to Celebrate Your Birthday With Black Barbie?

It took Mattel decades to introduce and widely distribute black Barbies, and the company still advertises its line with dolls as blue-eyed and flaxen-haired as a neo-Nazi child (see above.) Now, Harlem mother Karen Braithwaite is leading a group of 14 Harlem moms and thousands of others who have signed a Change.org… » 4/01/13 6:30pm 4/01/13 6:30pm

Drag Queen Barbie Is Not a Drag Queen, Says Mattel

If you've noticed an extra spring in the steps of your local drag enthusiasts these past few weeks, it may have something to the release of a special edition Barbie doll designed by the Blonds (David and Phillipe), a famous NYC fashion duo known for their opulent designs (they've dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce … » 8/23/12 12:00pm 8/23/12 12:00pm

Apparently You Weren't the Only One Who Always Suspected Your Ken Dolls …

Remember the freak out that happened when Mattel released Earring Magic Ken in the 1990's? Dolled up in a purple mesh tee shirt and shiny purple vinyl vest and sporting a single earring that was the jewelry equivalent of a knowing wink, it was clear that Barbie wasn't his girlfriend, she was his girl friend, and that… » 6/14/12 2:20pm 6/14/12 2:20pm

How To Give Barbie An Afro (And Call It A Halo Instead)

People who were part of the Black Pride movement of the 1960s also took pride in wearing their hair natural instead of using straightening combs or chemical relaxers. Their pride in African culture was an Afro-centric view that really shook (read: terrified) most middle-class Americans. The way they wore their hair was … » 12/16/11 6:00pm 12/16/11 6:00pm

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

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Last year, Italian Vogue shook the fashion world with its "All Black issue, which sold out on many newsstands. This year, the July issue features Kristen McMenamy on the cover, but comes with a delightful supplement devoted to black Barbies. » 7/21/09 12:40pm 7/21/09 12:40pm