Summary of “Barbie Is the Most Popular Doll in America-She’s Also the Most Controversial, Diverse, and Ambitious”

Like more than 90 percent of American women, I grew up with Barbies.
I also had a Barbie Dreamhouse-even in 2019, 30 are sold per hour-and a pink convertible that Ken “Fell” out of when Barbie floored it.
I can’t remember “The first” Barbie or even the one I liked best.
Somehow the collection just expanded, with new Barbies added to the group to make the others jealous like proto-contestants on Bachelor in Paradise.
The standard Barbie is 11 and 1/2 inches tall, but her reach is enormous.
Last month it announced it’ll add to the collection: Barbie in a wheelchair; one with a prosthetic limb; some with a new, braided hair texture; and an entire fourth shape, with a smaller bust, less defined waist, and more defined arms.
Barbie made her first appearance at the New York Toy Fair that March.
Or as she put it: “Knowing how to cook and keeping a good house? Oh shit, it was awful.” For all Barbie’s foibles-and the Sleepover Barbie released in 1965 that came with a scale set to 110 pounds and a diet book plastered with the words “Don’t Eat!” is but one example-it’s no surprise that when Handler created Barbie, she made her an independent woman and a wage earner.

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