I know Barbie is all about fantasy, imagination and visualization for young girls. I was a pretty big Barbie fan myself, back in the day, and my adult wardrobe has never lived up to those early expectations. Not to mention that the turquoise convertible has never materialized.
But really, what kind of selection is this to choose from?
Flight Attendant Barbie:
"Fab Girl" Barbie, whatever that is:
T.V. Chef Barbie:
My friend and I were surprised that the selections were so, for lack of a better word, fluffy. It was Candy Striper Barbie that tipped us over the edge. (I kid you not, although I was unable to find a photo of the modern version of that one.) Where's Nurse Barbie?, we asked. Heck, where's ICU Nurse Barbie? And Surgeon Barbie?
From there we were off on a half-humorous rant: Where's Pilot Barbie? And why does Barbie have to be a t.v. chef? Being a real chef isn't good enough for her? What about Pediatrician Barbie, Judge Barbie, IT Professional Barbie, Fashion Designer Barbie, Event Planner Barbie, Engineer Barbie, Professor Barbie, Small Business Owner Barbie, Investigative Journalist Barbie? Surely there are fantasies that have a little more substance.
There isn't much about this on the internet, and I would be happy to be corrected and told that my issue is with the buyers at Target and not with Barbie herself. My search did turn up an official NASA version of a "Barbie type" doll, who just happens to have a substantial career: Astronaut Barbie.
You go, girl! Maybe when you return to Earth, you can ditch that loser Ken. As far as I can tell from his outfits, all he does is play tennis and hang around the pool.
(photos in this post borrowed without permission from all over the place, alas!)