If you’ve been wandering the Christmas toy aisles, amazed at the longevity of a product for children that is still around in spite of its anatomical impossibility, I have news for you.
According to an article in the Economist a few years ago,
“. . . wrapped up in her pouting lips and improbable figure—buxom breasts, wafer-thin waist and permanently arched feet waiting to slip into a pair of high heels—is an apparently enduring statement of aspiration and western aesthetic. She is, according to M.G. Lord, who has written a biography of Barbie, “the most potent icon of American popular culture in the late twentieth century.”
Just check the website of any major toy distributor - she’s still doing fine.
But the real breakthrough is that I’ve discovered the original model.
Granted my premise is a bit flawed since Barbie was born in 1959, but after my visit to John Gray’s blog today, I’ve found the source:
|Jamie Lee Curtis in her prime.|