Barbie's Impact Starting in the 1950's


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Barbie's Impact Starting in the 1950's

  1. 1. The Barbie Doll Impacting lives since the 1950’s By: Kristen Haeberlein
  2. 2. Creation <ul><li>Inventor: Ruth Handler </li></ul><ul><li>Named after Barbara Handler (Ruth’s daughter) </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration came from a German doll named “Lilli” </li></ul><ul><li>Debuted in 1959 through Mattel Toy Company </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lilli
  4. 4. Purpose and Definition <ul><li>Ruth’s primary purpose was to create a doll that her daughter could look up to as a role model </li></ul><ul><li>Doll- Feminine Adult </li></ul><ul><li>The Barbie Doll: a plastic representation of a young adult woman </li></ul>
  5. 5. Purpose for Research <ul><li>Barbie was intended to be a positive role model for young girls </li></ul><ul><li>This intention was not met due to numerous accusations against Barbie </li></ul><ul><li>My purpose is to discover the controversies outlining Barbie’s past and present </li></ul>
  6. 6. Positive Barbie <ul><li>Role Model </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration to young girls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gets them to believe they can do anything </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Represents the changes taking place throughout the world </li></ul><ul><li>Shows girls a glimpse of their future selves </li></ul>
  7. 7. Barbie in the Past
  8. 8. Appearance <ul><li>Barbie: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharp eyes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long, black eyelashes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy make-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High heels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tight outfits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual charm </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Measurements <ul><li>Barbie in real life; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chest: 38 in. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waist: 18 in. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hips: 34 in. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Height: 5’6” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight: 120 lbs. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Inabilities <ul><li>Due to a lack of body fat, Barbie would not be capable to menstruate </li></ul><ul><li>Since her feet are pointed towards her tip-toes, she would not be able to stand up straight </li></ul>
  11. 11. Negative Aspects of Barbie <ul><li>Allows girls to believe they can do anything, only to be let down later in life </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the idea of never failing which will confuse children later on </li></ul><ul><li>Is known as a “sexual idol” </li></ul><ul><li>Portrays an unrealistic image through body measurements </li></ul>
  12. 12. Criticisms <ul><li>Many people have been affected by Barbie and the will to be just like her: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cindy Jackson </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dian Hanson </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jan </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cindy Jackson <ul><li>Spent $55,000 to look like Barbie </li></ul><ul><li>Went through 20 plastic surgeries </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: wanted to be a real-life Barbie </li></ul>
  14. 14. Dian Hanson <ul><li>Magazine editor </li></ul><ul><li>Believes Barbie is a “sex idol” </li></ul><ul><li>Gets inspiration for her magazines through Barbie and her different occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Fascinated by her measurements </li></ul>
  15. 15. Jan <ul><li>Felt self-conscious around people with Barbies </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t believe she could live up to anything in life without Barbie </li></ul><ul><li>Always felt like the “kid-sister” in life </li></ul><ul><li>Never believed she could have love and romance </li></ul><ul><li>Felt as though Barbie was “off-limits” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Examples of Barbie
  17. 18. Facts <ul><li>Barbie has been created in hundreds of different nationalities </li></ul><ul><li>Careers range anywhere from a doctor to a baby-sitter </li></ul><ul><li>Two Barbie dolls are sold around the world every second </li></ul><ul><li>Influenced the “Baby Boomers” </li></ul>
  18. 19. My Results
  19. 20. Barbie’s Impact on Society <ul><li>I believe Barbie has made many positive influences to young girls </li></ul><ul><li>However, there are numerous negative aspects to Barbie, such as her invalid measurements, her approach at sexiness towards children, and her impact on the minds of girls and their self-perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>This, to me, outweighs the good qualities Barbie portrays </li></ul>