I've never in my life seen grown women instantly turn into squealing, happy little girls at the sight of a doll, but walking into the Barbie Fashionista doll launch and breakfast filled with pink, and flowers and, like, 30 amazingly dressed, take me back to my childhood barbie dolls. There was no stopping us...
The staircase had Barbies with signs directing us to the breakfast, once inside the whole collection was lined up on a mirror wall. There was something special about the latest edition of the dolls though.. It was the preview of tall, curvy & petite.
I thought it was just my eyes but no.. once lifting up Barbie's dress and having a peek at her gorgeous new body I thought DAMN GIRL, curvy Barbie has some nice thighs and booty happening here..
We all received a Barbie as a gift on arrival, my friend Tully was very happy to receive tall Barbie and appreciated her extra long legs and my friend Gemma was elated that she received petite Barbie that some would say, could have resembled Beyonce and saw it as a sign that it was her matching Barbie and that she herself could be Beyonce (the power of Barbie I tell ya.)
The joy on the faces of these women was indescribable. The real joy for me though is that a very popular brand that was ever present during my childhood is embracing body diversity and positive body image so that all woman and more importantly girls start accepting themselves and their bodies and loving who they are..
I received petite Barbie as my gift, curly brown hair and tanned skinned, she was sort of like a mini me doll but I decided I also wanted a nice reminder of my curves and the body I should be so proud of, so on the way out curvy Barbie may have also made her way into my bag.
A wonderful morning, a fantastic idea, an exciting future for Barbie and lets hope all the little girls/women around the world take a minute to appreciate and love just who they are and the gorgeous bodies they have.
P.s Did you know, Barbie now also has flat feet!
Photos by Simon Shiff