Black Barbie

 

 

https://www.museumofplay.org/blog/2019/04/kitty-black-perkins-the-african-american-designer-behind-the-first-black-barbie

The 61 year old American beauty, Barbie, was originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/barbie-makes-her-debuts.

Does Barbie, in her original look still represent the all American beauty?  Both of these iconic dolls were ultimately seen and developed out of the need to create an image for a little girl to aspire to be or at least look like that image. The first grew out of boredom with paper dolls, and the other, a need to show beauty in color or diversity, so that every little girl could see the Barbie in herself.

I Recently commented on a post, made by an “iconic” reality show housewife, where she posted a picture of her cast members, represented by all White Barbie dolls.  Now I won’t  mention where this post was because it was removed, and my account, was suspended. It has since been reactivated.

I’m bothered and confused by this suspension. With all of the name calling and #wigging out on social media platforms it strikes me as curious that this would be so offensive.  I’m sure her defense would be that she wasn’t thinking about color or that she doesn’t see color, and of course she’d say there was no malice intended, and that may be. Either excuse would be inadequate and just an excuse. We know the truth is that if you don’t see color then you have to be blind.

Here we are another, Exactly, 40 years later and right in the middle of, perfect timing, #BLM REVOLUTION.  (Gil Scott Heron said “the revolution will not be televised”) and televised it is..  https://g.co/kgs/2t6TtK

Now I have to say that #BLM had nothing to do with my initial thought about this post.  It’s what I saw, or didn’t see.  However, this whole process says, #BLM is saying, yes! You have to see.  Violating the hateful and mean conduct rule by posing a question and suggesting that it promotes violence is really a stretch.  With that being said, what’s the implication of the post? Here is my response

If you think enough of your friend group to post a picture were you are all represented by Barbie dolls and black dolls are available, why would they all be white or light enough to be questioned as Black when one of your friends is very dark and very beautiful.  There was no mistake, they all had their names attached. Is that what she sees when she sees her dark and lovely friend or is that what she pretends she sees?

The first official “African American Barbie” was introduced in 1980. It took 40 years for Barbie to become multi-cultural so that Black and Latino girls could see themselves in Barbie and exactly 40 years later, some still see that American Beauty icon as White.  Is this observation mean? Barbies beauty is seen in all girls now.https://time.com/5684822/mattel-gender-neutral-doll/

I would love to hear your comment on this

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Darcelle, also known as Saibah. “Saibah Says “ is a North Jersey native presently living in North Carolina. As a young girl Darcelle was shuttled around by her mom demonstrating and selling Mary Kay. Darcelle loves beauty and fashion. She presently functions as a beauty advisor with Beautytap.com/members/saibah. She also owns and operates Hair Looks in Fayetteville NC while honing in on her writing skills. Darcelle is a licensed cosmetologist and is customer service savvy. Serving fashion, food, fun and mostly serving people. Serving is a passion. Saibah says, serve or be served. Wig or wig out. It’s not just what’s on top of your head, it’s what’s in it. “Saibah says” it's all in the experience. Everyone is relevant. People are everywhere and always involved. Beauty, fashion, food, and fun are all made or broken by the customer experience. Praising, appraising and recommending. Let's do it. Shame on you who are guilty of customer service felonies. I’m here to hear, chat, share and wig out with you. Serving is all about treating people well in all areas of life. The mission here is to congratulate those who are on it and wig out on those who are not.