Essays - It is Christmas morning and as usual I run down...

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It is Christmas morning and as usual I run down the stairs to see what Santa brought me. I open the box and there she is looking like a million bucks. She is dressed in the latest fashions and was the newest one on the market that looks like me. I play with her for hours and change her name and outfit numerous time. This doll named Christie is supposed to be a role model for me. She is not Barbie but her trusty darker skinned best friend. It is safe to say that Barbie is considered an icon for all women. She sports a pair of enormous breast, a tiny waist, perfect blonde hair that falls to her bottom and long lean tan legs. Her makeup is flawless and accents her rosy cheeks and blue eyes immaculately. The only problem is that no matter what modifications they make to her hair and skin color, Barbie seems to never really look like me or anyone I know for that matter. So how is it that this icon to all women is supposed to be a role model for me, when I cannot connect with her externally? This is a problem that I am pretty sure women, of any race other than white, has struggled with for years. We are taught that Barbie is the epitome of beauty and anything she does any woman can achieve. This is fine but I can’t help but notice that she looks nothing like me. Barbies of other races were simply the original Barbie with wrapping paper in the background that displayed the country they were supposed to represent. There is more to being Hispanic than liking bright colors and having the name Maria; as well as there is more to be Asian that having a little tail on your eyeliner so that the eyes appeared to be slanted. Barbie is no more an icon to minorities than Burger King being the premier fast food chain in other countries. She is an icon that many of the women have absolutely nothing in common.
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The first Black Barbie was introduced in 1967 and was simply a black version of, not Barbie herself, but of her cousin Francie. Ironically she was called Colored Francie. Then there was a friend that was introduced by the name of Christie. Looking way better than Francie, Christie was definitely a progress since Colored Francie for the simple fact she did not have a color identifying name. Lastly, around the 1980’s Barbie was finally introduced to the world in different races other than white and still carried the name Barbie. She was no longer a remake of
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