Monday, March 9, 2009

RATE IT! Happy 50th, Barbie!

On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll was introduced to the world at the New York Toy Fair. 

In her lifetime, Barbie has seen much change in the toy world. Once the most popular plaything for young girls, today she's often overlooked. Video games and other technology-based toys have pushed dear Barbie into a lesser role in the playroom. Seems kids today do not require the use of their own imaginations, preferring to be spoon-fed by all the mod cons. 

Oh, what fun young girls are missing out on! The clothes, the glorious outfits! Some were even made by our Mums. The Barbie camper, swimming pool, airplane, dune buggy and apartment complete with elevator!  Yeah, it was a much more innocent time before the advent of Guitar Hero, iPods and the Wii but sometimes it feels like it was a much more heart-felt time too. Imaginations were cherished, encouraged to grow. 

Regardless of what clique Barbie travels in, regardless of her popularity, she'll always be an icon. 

Happy 50th Birthday, Barbie! Enjoy your birthday celebrations. If only us mortals had such fuss made of us! DJ AM spinning at your bash, Heidi Klum amongst the invited, and designers a plenty queuing up to dress you - how lucky!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Barbie. I still have all mine somewhere in the attic. :S

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