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The Controversial Side Of Barbie

Barbie Body Image Issues

So you want to have a Barbie Body... well, good luck with that. I know it seems like the ideal situation. If Barbie were a real woman her body's measurements would have been 39" 18" 33" Oh, and 5"9" tall, her weight, 110lbs. If that doesn't make you go wow I don't know what will. Here is a little bit about me. I work as a model and I am what that call a "Commercial Model", meaning a real person type model. I am 5'9 1/2" tall and I weight 145lbs. According to medical research, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate.

Ok so I don't see the scandal in this. I just know it is over the top sexy and I love it. You have to agree.

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Our Barbie Beginnings

"Colored Francie" made her debut in 1967, and she is sometimes described as the first African American Barbie doll. However, she was produced using the existing head molds for the white Francie doll and lacked African characteristics other than a dark skin. The first African American doll in the Barbie range is usually regarded as Christie, who made her debut in 1968. Black Barbie was launched in 1980 but still had white features. But wait, I'll bet you didn't know that she was supposed to be Barbie's European cousin. YES, you read right. I am still laughing at that.

Doll Scandals

Totally Tattoos Barbie

Released April 2009, with a range of tattoos that could be applied to the doll, including a lower back tattoo, made more mad the it made laugh. Mattel's added instructions that said, "Customize the fashions and apply the fun temporary tattoos on you too". Somehow, the CEO of Consumer Focus Ed Mayo, thought that children might want to get tattooed themselves. No more "Tramp Stamp" for Barbie.

The Oreo Barbie!

Well, I guess you know how this story ends up. Black women finally get Barbie just like like the pretty little blonde ones. Who would have thought that joining up with Nabisco would backfire. I mean who doesn't love Oreo Cookies. Ok so let's tell why this got under so many people's skin. There are a couple negative connotations that go along with a Black woman being called an Oreo.

• It's like call a Black woman an "Uncle Tom". An Uncle Tom is a person who is clearly an African American but, they are more sociable with Caucasians and really don't want to deal with other African Americans. Now, I am so secure with who I am I totally missed the point.

• Oh then there is the problem that it poses with biracial African-Americans. I could try to explain this but I will like to direct you The Oreo Experience. This site will take all of the scare out of the taboo