The first Drag Queen Barbie doll

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Thursday 13 September 2012

Everyone already knows about Ken’s little secret, but now Mattel has commissioned the first Drag Queen Barbie. Design house The Blonds styled the doll after Phillipe Blond himself, one half of the design duo. This Barbie is fabulous from head to toe, and will be sold exclusively online for $125 starting in December. 

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An art series where Barbie Dolls are restrained underwater

Michelle Wilding Reader Find

By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Not a fan of Barbie? Then I bet pennies you’ll enjoy Daena Title’s work. Her latest series DROWN the DOLLS does just that: it restrains Barbie underwater in the name of feminism and saying “no” to the narrow parameters that this role model presents. You know, that the iconic doll represents a womanly figure that is fake and unattainable (disproportionately large breasts with a teeny waist). Deep and meaningful words aside, I’m captivated by Title’s technique, the broken refracted colours, and screaming subtlety.

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Minimum Wage Barbie Doll

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Trends on Thursday 14 June 2012

In these economically trying times, it’s good to see that Mattel are getting realistic about the job prospects of their world famous cultural icon. Barbie, now working at Maccas! And yes, we do want fries with that.

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Barbie inside, Cthulhu outside

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 5 June 2012

This is it. We’ve seen how Barbie always gets into this or that sartorial makeover. But this Cthulhu look by Sabrina Zbasnik (of the Introverted Wife blog) truly takes the cake. Plus, it includes a blow-by-blow account of how to perform your own monster surgery on the All-American icon. Just ‘cause, you know, you might want one with tentacles and all.

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Miners Need Cool Shoes

Theresa BrownGold Reader Find

By Theresa BrownGold in New Trends on Wednesday 23 November 2011

Truth. I’m not sure I even get this service. Apparently, on this website one can build a ‘skin’ for a character to be used in a game called Minecraft. I don’t even know what Minecraft is. So why am I even bringing this to your attention? I happen to know the designer. So many people […]

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Alfred Hitchcock The Birds Barbie Doll

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in New Products on Saturday 5 March 2011

For someone like me, who’s been a HUGE Alfred Hitchcock fan all of her life, this is an absolute must-have: The Hitchcock Birds Barbie Doll. YEs, finally a barbie who’s not for the birds. (Sorry, Mattel!) Sadly, this collector’s item seems to be sold out already. Maybe it’s time for a ‘Dial M for Murder’ […]

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Bad Barbie by Mariel Clayton

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Photography on Tuesday 18 January 2011

Damn! Who would have known America’s sweetheart could get so twisted. Mariel Clayton, that’s who, the brilliantly evil mind behind this Bad Barbie photo series. The inspiration? Simple: ‘You can’t get to be Barbie without an ocean’s worth of peroxide, 27 plastic surgeries and a complete lack of intelligence, so it irritates me immensely that this is the toy of choice women give to their daughters to emulate. Behind the vacuous perpetual lipsticked-smile lurks the black heart of the true sociopath, just like in real life’.

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Barbie does Shanghai

Yuko Shimizu Reader Find

By Yuko Shimizu in Architecture on Thursday 4 June 2009

I was never a big fan of Barbie, but I would travel to Shanghai just to visit this mind-blowing castle for Barbie dolls.

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