Forever Barbie

Forever Barbie

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by M. G. Lord, M.G. Lord
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The original ``Barbie,'' an 111/2 fashion model doll with an hourglass figure, was introduced to the American public in 1959 and has been a bestseller ever since. In this witty and perceptive study Lord, a columnist for New York Newsday, chronicles Barbie's history and her relevance as a cultural icon. Ruth Handler, co-owner of Mattel Toys, modeled Barbie on a sexy plastic German pin-up that was sold to men in tobacco shops. The popularity of Barbie and her ever-expanding wardrobe with preteen girls led to the development of ``Ken'' and ``Midge'' dolls and a line of African American fashion dolls. Lord's comprehensive research includes interviews with toy-makers, an eclectic group of Barbie collectors, visual artists and feminists who disagree on Barbie's impact on young girls. The author sees Barbie, whose careers have included surgeon, pilot and astronaut, as a female role model, and credits her childhood play with Barbie as helping her cope with her own mother's mastectomy. Illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380720491
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

M.G. Lord is an acclaimed cultural critic and investigative journalist, and the author of the widely praised books Forever Barbie and Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science. Since 1995 she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Times's Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Travel + Liesure, the Hollywood Reporter, and ArtForum.

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Forever Barbie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. I just love it. Anyone interested in history, dolls, and humor will enjoy this very much. satirical without being bitter.