BARBIE goes to a Fashion Show

I walked  over to Amsterdam Avenue to drop off my dry-cleaning at the Apthorpe Cleaners…….and there in the window was BARBIE.………putting on a Fashion Show.

WOW!  Does that bring back the memories.

 When I worked for E.J.Korvette’s Department Store in 1963 I put on a FASHION SHOW for the new doll sensation………BARBIE.  I hired limousines, rolled out the Red Carpet…..and Barbie was a hit!

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BARBIE made her debut in 1959………an invention of Ruth Handler….one of the owners of MATTEL.

 

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BARBIE is surrounded by many of her friends……Midge, Skipper, Christie.

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It looks like Marilyn Monroe was the model for this doll. “Hello” Mr. President”!

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KEN was named after Ruth Handler’s own son.

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BARBIE has sold over one billion dolls making her the most successful toy in history.

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Katherine Hepburn “look-a-like”…………oh so glam. [Fashion Designers were brought in to design her wardrobe].

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BARBIE has had many profession………..fashion model, firefighter, Dentist, Doctor, astronaut, paleontologist even Presidential Candidate.

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Feminists have protested that BARBIE reinforces sexism.

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Playing with BARBIE seems to enhance a girl’s self- image [and some boys]………expanding their sense of their potential.

 

 

 

 

2 responses to “BARBIE goes to a Fashion Show

  1. Tnx Tom, it brings back many a happy memory!

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