Krista Mae Sebastian
Cultural Transformation
of Barbie
• Harold Mattson and
Elliot Handler
• Ruth Handler
• Barbara and Ken
Handler
Indroducing the Family
• March 9, 1959
• Barbie Millicent
Roberts
• Leo
• Robert and
Margareth
Roberts
2009 1959
• First version
• Blonde/brunette hair
• Blue eyes
• “American way”
– Fashion, haircut, and make-up
Midge
Barbie’s best friend
• 1967
• Cousin Francie
• Colored Francie
• Unsuccessful
• Nonconforming
features
– Color
– Costume
• Specialists – “Ethnically correct
doll”
– Fuller lips
– Broader noses
– Wider hips
– Higher butts
– Culturally specific ...
• White Barbie – unsuccessful
– “The too beautiful doll”
• Smiling expression
– Cover mouths
• Eyes: wide open
• Confident...
• Mild expression
• Slightly parted
lips
• Brown eyes
• Pale skin
• Smaller breasts
• Flat feet
• Hair pulled back
Bright colors on a cotton printed
dress and a traditional braid
Blond braids, starched cap, long
striped skirt and clogs make up
famous folkloric costumes
Long black hair, headdress and lei
of tropical flowers, and grass skirt
for dancing the hula
Printed dress with bright tribal
designs
Traditional sari and jewelry and
a caste mark on her forehead
Asian features and
costumes add exoticism
• Mattel Inc.
• Handler family
• Lilli
• Barbie Millicent Roberts (1959)
• First Barbie = White Barbie
• First Black Barbi...
Works Cited
• Chin, Elizabeth. "Ethnically correct dolls: toying with the race
industry." American Anthropologist 101.2 (1...
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  1. 1. Krista Mae Sebastian Cultural Transformation of Barbie
  2. 2. • Harold Mattson and Elliot Handler • Ruth Handler • Barbara and Ken Handler Indroducing the Family
  3. 3. • March 9, 1959 • Barbie Millicent Roberts • Leo • Robert and Margareth Roberts
  4. 4. 2009 1959
  5. 5. • First version • Blonde/brunette hair • Blue eyes • “American way” – Fashion, haircut, and make-up
  6. 6. Midge Barbie’s best friend
  7. 7. • 1967 • Cousin Francie • Colored Francie • Unsuccessful • Nonconforming features – Color – Costume
  8. 8. • Specialists – “Ethnically correct doll” – Fuller lips – Broader noses – Wider hips – Higher butts – Culturally specific clothes – Variations in hair
  9. 9. • White Barbie – unsuccessful – “The too beautiful doll” • Smiling expression – Cover mouths • Eyes: wide open • Confident/arrogant – Reserved • Clothes: striking, independent, easy money, and expensive • Unappealing
  10. 10. • Mild expression • Slightly parted lips • Brown eyes • Pale skin • Smaller breasts • Flat feet • Hair pulled back
  11. 11. Bright colors on a cotton printed dress and a traditional braid
  12. 12. Blond braids, starched cap, long striped skirt and clogs make up famous folkloric costumes
  13. 13. Long black hair, headdress and lei of tropical flowers, and grass skirt for dancing the hula
  14. 14. Printed dress with bright tribal designs
  15. 15. Traditional sari and jewelry and a caste mark on her forehead
  16. 16. Asian features and costumes add exoticism
  17. 17. • Mattel Inc. • Handler family • Lilli • Barbie Millicent Roberts (1959) • First Barbie = White Barbie • First Black Barbie • Distinguishing Features
  18. 18. Works Cited • Chin, Elizabeth. "Ethnically correct dolls: toying with the race industry." American Anthropologist 101.2 (1999): 305-21. OmniFile Full Text Mega. Web. 2 Nov. 2010. • Ducille, Ann. "Dyes and Dolls: Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising of Difference." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 6.1 (1994): 46. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 2 Nov. 2010. • Flickr.com • Honigsberg, Peter Jan. "A Barbie doll story." Phi Delta Kappan 77.3 (1995): 252. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 2 Nov. 2010. • Tosa, Marco. Barbie : Four Decades of Fashion, Fantasy, and Fun. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Print.

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