Essay 4: Final
She is smart, shapely, fashionable, and the star of numerous movies. She has a younger
sister, lots of friends, cousins, an on-again, off-again boyfriend, and she seems to have tried
every career conceivable. Her feet were made for heels, her hair made for styling, and she
celebrates holidays with the best of them.
Her name is Barbie Millicent Roberts and she is a
negative influence and poor role model for all young girls alike.
My sister has lots of Barbies. She has some with the common blond hair, some with red
hair and some with brunette hair. She has light-skinned Barbies and dark-skinned Barbies. To
her, they are all Barbie. Their only names are "sister," "Mom," "honey," "cousin," and "friend."
These names are inter-changeable, depending on who is needed at the time. One thing that all of
them have in common? They can all fly off the top of her bunk bed.
Barbie first appeared in 1959, as ageless as we find her today, and has since gone on to
sell over 500 million dolls (Murphy). She has more houses than Donald Trump, more clothes
than Paris Hilton, more shoes than Imelda Marcos, and more cars than Jay Leno. She has friends
of various ethnicities and more celebrities want to be part of her entourage than any other figure
in history. Enchanting as some find her, Barbie is not without her controversies.
Barbie is criticized most widely for her figure. According to the book Forever Barbie by
M.G. Lord, if Barbie were human-sized, she would stand 5 feet 6 inches tall, weigh 110 pounds,